Meet the Staff
Mike Perez, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Facilities Officer
Mike Perez oversees the planning, program management and implementation of best practices for all aspects of campus facilities and grounds operations, maintenance, utilities and construction as well as real estate initiatives. He leads a workforce of 450 staff members responsible for the physical campus, which encompasses 10.8 million total square feet of space, including 7.2 million square feet of buildings, 333 acres of land, 2.1 million square feet of real estate property, 1.8 million feet of garages, a combined heat and power plant and comprehensive underground utility infrastructure, and the design and construction of capital projects.
phone: (615) 343-4211
Margaret Emley, Director of Vanderbilt University Real Estate
Margaret Emley is the Director of Real Estate at Vanderbilt University (VURE). She’s been working at her alma mater since 2016, both in the Assistant Director and Director roles. VURE manages over 3 million gross square feet of commercial and multifamily facilities and oversees acquisitions, dispositions, off-campus leasing. As part of Vanderbilt’s FutureVU land-use plan completed in 2017, VURE is managing Vanderbilt’s first public-private partnership to develop graduate and professional student housing.
Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Margaret worked for RCLCO, a real estate advisory firm where she provided market-driven and analytically sound real estate solutions to private developers and public universities. Margaret is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in Human and Organizational Development and Psychology.
phone: (615) 343-5160
Andrea George, PhD, CHMM, PMP | Director of Sustainability & Environment Management Office
Andrea George served as Associate Director in the Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety department from 1997 until 2007 when she was named as the first Director of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office. As SEMO’s Director, she is responsible for the development, management, and coordination of sustainability and environmental compliance programs across the academic campus and medical center. George also plays a central role in strategic planning efforts to promote the long-term sustainability of the university. Prior to joining Vanderbilt’s Environmental Health and Safety Department in 1997, George managed radioactive waste remediation projects for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and throughout the U.S. for Bechtel National, Inc. earning the 1996 Department of Energy’s Pollution Prevention Award.
She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degrees from Western Kentucky University in physics and mathematics (1992) and then earned her Master of Science Degree in environmental engineering from Vanderbilt (1994). George graduated from Vanderbilt for the second time in 2007 with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Environmental Engineering and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). George has been elected to the steering committee of the TDEC TN Higher Education Consortium, the steering committee of the TN Climate Network, the advisory council of the Western Kentucky University Physics Department, the executive board of the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) and the advisory council of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). She is also a frequent invited lecturer in Vanderbilt’s Civil and Environmental Engineering and Human and Organizational Development departments.
phone: (615) 322-4551
Mark Petty, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Plant Operations
Mark Petty is the assistant vice chancellor for plant operations. Mark served as director of buildings and utilities from 2002 until August 2006 when he was named to his current position upon the retirement of the former associate vice chancellor for operations. His primary role is to direct the Plant Operations Department in the procurement of utilities as well as maintenance of all university buildings and grounds. Mark is a graduate of Belmont University with a bachelor of science in mathematics and a master’s of business administration from the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business. His career within Plant Operations has encompassed several roles including director of general services from 1996 to 2002, assistant director of general services from 1994 to 1996, and superintendent of building services from 1990 to 1994. Before coming to Vanderbilt he worked in Belmont College’s Facilities Department as director of housekeeping.
phone: (615) 322-0353
Allyson Sullivan, Executive Director of Business Operations
Allyson Sullivan served as the Director of Vanderbilt University Real Estate before she was appointed Executive Director of Business Operations in 2017 following a nationwide search. Sullivan is responsible for the oversight of the fiscal, administrative and business that serves the institution-wide Facilities department. She oversees the Business Operations Center, a shared services unit that offers an enhanced focus on streamline and effective client interfaces while providing exceptional customer experiences and engagement. Since assuming her position, Sullivan has created a new Employee Engagement group, consolidated the staff supporting various Facilities systems and mapping services, established communications for Facilities and implemented programs such as eBuilder and Lean. Sullivan earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics with a financial emphasis from Southern Methodist University, and is a graduate of the Vanderbilt Leadership Academy class of 2015-2016.
phone: (615) 343-1049