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Executive Director of EVP Office: Lisa Prasad

Lisa Prasad, a former Penn budget analyst who became a senior associate with Coopers & Lybrand, has returned to the University as Executive Director of the Office of the Executive Vice President, John Fry. In the new role she assumed September 15, Ms. Prasad facilitates University-wide administrative restructuring projects; coordinates budget and planning efforts for the administrative centers; and oversees the day-to-day operations of the EVP's office.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Lisa back to Penn," Fry said. "Her exper-ience in project management within an academic environment, along with her expertise in budget analysis and extensive organizational skills, will make her a great asset to the University."

At Coopers & Lybrand, 1995 to 1997, Ms. Prasad led consulting projects at a variety of higher education institutions. She conducted institution-wide reviews and projects in a number of key areas, including purchasing, facilities management, research administration, student services and information technology.

Prior to joining Coopers & Lybrand, Ms. Prasad had been in Penn's Office of Resource Planning and Budget from 1988 to 1995, starting as a budget analyst and moving up to the position of Acting Deputy Director. She had previously served as a consultant to the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Ms. Prasad took her B.A. from the University of Michigan in Political Science and English, then came to Penn for an M.A. in political science and a Master of Government Administration degree from the Fels Center for Government.


Management Development at EVP: Dr. Annie McKee

Dr. Annie McKee of the Wharton School has been named Director of Management Development, serving the Office of the Executive Vice President and the University community as a whole, according to Executive Vice President John Fry.

Dr. McKee has been at the University since 1993, starting as Associate Director of the Leadership Program at Wharton, where she worked as part of the course design and teaching team for the first year MBA management course. She then designed and implemented executive education programs at the Aresty Institute. In both roles, and as consultant to organizations, Dr. McKee has focused on leadership development in the context of changing organizational cultures. Her numerous consulting assignments include Merrill Lynch, Hamilton Standard, the American Red Cross and other higher education institutions.

In her new post, Mr. Fry said, Dr. McKee will focus on organizational culture, performance management, and the design of processes for enhancing the talent of University employees. She began work August 4, and is currently involved in a broad-based assessment of organizational culture and management development. "Annie has worked intensively with the EVP Center over the last year on a number of management development programs, and we are really delighted that we could convince her to focus on the University's issues on a full-time basis," Fry said. "She will add a terrific new dimension and capability to Penn's leadership team."

Dr. McKee took her Ph.D. from the Department of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University in 1991, and a Bachelor of Science from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 1987.


Acting Chief Facilities Officer: Mr. Kilduff of Columbia

Lawrence R. Kilduff, Jr., was appointed acting chief facilities officer at Penn effective October 13.

Mr. Kilduff has had more than 20 years experience in facilities management at teaching and research universities, including Columbia and Harvard.

Mr. Kilduff was vice president for facilities management at Columbia from July 1987 to August 1993, responsible for an operating budget of more than $50 million and annual capital construction expenditures from between $25 million and $75 million. His responsibilities at Columbia included planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance, and security.

He was acting executive vice president for administration at Columbia from August 1993 to August 1994, when he was appointed vice president for University Facilities, with expanded responsibilities, including the Health Sciences Campus, increasing his total responsibilities at Columbia to more than nine million square feet, with an operating budget of more than $66 million and the supervision of 775 employees. He created and managed a new capital construction and renovation program at Columbia totaling more than $650 million over the five-year period.

Mr. Kilduff was director of Cambridge Facilities at Harvard from February 1983 to July 1987, with responsibilities for more than 10 million square feet, 275 buildings, and a budget of more than $40 million. He held a variety of other management-level positions at Harvard from August 1977 to February 1983.

Mr. Kilduff held various positions with Parker and Poore, Inc., Stoneham, Mass., from August 1968 to August 1977, including service as vice president of operations. He also held positions with Avco Missile Systems Division, Wilmington, Mass., Sylvania Commercial Division, Bedford, Mass., and High Voltage Engineering Corporation, Burlington, Massachusetts.

He is a member of the Association of Physical Plant Administrators and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.


Federal Relations: Dr. Abrahams of Brown

Dr. Edward Abrahams, formerly director of government and community relations at Brown University, has joined Penn as Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations. He took office on October 6.

"Dr. Abrahams will work with Washington policy makers and the higher education community to develop and promote federal policies and funding patterns that benefit Penn and research universities in general," said Carol Scheman, vice president for Government, Community and Public Affairs, in announcing the appointment. "Dr. Abrahams will work closely with the Schools and their deans to improve communication between the University-both faculty and students-and federal policy makers in Congress and the Administration."

Prior to his service at Brown, Dr. Abrahams was the executive assistant to the president and director of government relations at Clark University.

Earlier, during his ten-year Washington experience, Dr. Abrahams served as a senior staff officer at the National Academy of Sciences, and, on Capitol Hill, as a staff member of the Joint Economic Committee, a legislative assistant to Senator Lloyd Bentsen, a staff assistant on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and a Congressional Fellow on the House Interior Committee. He holds a B.A. in history from Clark University and took his Ph.D. in history from Brown.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, October 21, 1997, Volume 44, Number 9