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VP Facilities Services and Contract Management:

Omar Blaik of Facilities

Omar H. Blaik, associate vice president for facilities management since 1997, became Vice President for Facilities Services and Contract Management effective January 5, according to Executive Vice President John A. Fry.

In this new position, Mr. Blaik's responsibilities will be two-fold: to oversee the Trammel Crow contract which will become effective on April 1, 1998, and to manage the facilities functions which will remain with the University after that date. The functions which will remain at Penn include its master planning and infrastructure planning efforts, as well as the capital budgeting process.

Mr. Blaik came to Penn from Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, where he served most recently as a managing associate, directing a team of professionals who assisted corporate and higher education clients in addressing facilities management issues, including process improvement in the construction and maintenance areas and planning and execution of capital programs.

"Omar brings a wealth of valuable experience and expertise to this key position," Mr. Fry said. "We are confident that under his direction Penn's collaboration with Trammel Crow will become a model for universities nationwide."

Mr. Blaik holds a B.S. from Cairo University, an M.S. from USC, and an M.B.A. from NYU's Stern School of Business. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Association of Cost Engineers.

Prior to joining Coopers & Lybrand, Mr. Blaik served as project engineer at Kiewit Construction Company in Los Angeles from 1987-1990. He had previously served as field engineer with Howard-Harbert-Sadelmi in Cairo, Egypt.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, January 13, 1998, Volume 44, Number 17