Carroll University has named Thomas Heffernan director of facilities. Previously director of construction and sustainability at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, he will assume his role at Carroll on June 24.
Heffernan’s accomplishments at Lynn University included acting as point person on all development, including $114.3 million in construction and $18.4 million in renovation, overseeing the creation of a master plan and leading efforts to develop facilities that included a library, three academic buildings, a new university center, a performing arts center, three athletic stadiums, three residence halls, a gymnasium and a spiritual center.
Heffernan, who has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, served in several roles while at Lynn.
“We’re pleased to welcome Tom as our director of facilities,” said Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, president of Carroll University. “His three decades of experience will assist us as we move forward with our strategic plan, which includes enhancing and expanding our current facilities and infrastructure to better serve the needs of the campus.
“Not only does he have an extensive background in capital planning, development and sustainability, in which he led eight-figure development projects, but he has a thorough understanding of academia,” she added.
Heffernan said he was motivated by fresh challenges at Carroll due to its rapid expansion and increased enrollment, and was impressed by its faculty, staff and leadership. “The people were so welcoming, and I was energized by President Gnadinger’s vision as she addresses the new strategic direction of the university,” he said.
Prior to joining Lynn University, Heffernan’s higher education experience included Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, New Jersey, and Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia.
He holds a B.S. in marketing management from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, and an M.B.A. from the University of Harford in Connecticut, and is president of the Florida Association of Physical Plant Administrators.