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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 | Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability

Dr. Andrea George has served as co-incident commander since mid-2020 leading the university’s COVID-19 response managing COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and data management for the University. In her role as director of environmental, health, safety, and sustainability, Dr. George advances research-centric safety programs to protect Vanderbilt’s world-class researchers from the hazards they encounter while performing their research as well as innovative and forward-looking sustainability initiatives for the institution. She is also an adjunct faculty member in Vanderbilt’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department. Dr. George was recognized in 2020 with both the Vanderbilt Anchor Down Step Up Excellence Award and the Service Champion Award.

Dr. George has served the university as the inaugural sustainability director since 2007 as well as in various strategic safety functions since 1997. Prior to joining Vanderbilt as a staff member in 1997, George managed radioactive waste remediation projects for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and for Bechtel National earning the Department of Energy’s Pollution Prevention Award.

She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in physics and mathematics in addition to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in engineering from Vanderbilt. She is Board Certified by Eminence in Environmental Engineering by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), has served on numerous national steering committees and advisory councils, and is a frequent invited lecturer and educator on COVID-19 safety, research safety, environmental management, and sustainability.


Phone: 615-322-4551

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 streamlining 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