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Vice President for Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities

Chris Kiwus posing in front of Burruss Hall
Christopher H. Kiwus, vice president for campus planning, infrastructure, and facilities. Sarah Myers for Virginia Tech.

The vice president for campus planning, infrastructure, and facilities leads the university’s division responsible for the care, maintenance and development of Virginia Tech’s campuses in Blacksburg, Roanoke, and the Greater Washington, D.C., metro area; the university’s research and agricultural facilities located throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia; and the Steger Center for International Scholarship located in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.

The Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities provides safe, inclusive, accessible, sustainable, mission-centric, partner-focused, and cost-effective spaces that preserve, foster, compliment, and advance Virginia Tech’s distinct senses of place and service.

The division, comprised of more than 500 highly skilled and talented team members, is charged with:

  • Analyzing, planning, maintaining, and improving the physical infrastructure to meet the needs of the institution’s programs.
  • Enabling the proper management for, and enforcement of, the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) to ensure that assets are in compliance with the code, related laws, and regulations.
  • Championing efforts to provide an inclusive and universally accessible campus environment.
  • Championing environmental stewardship and climate action through best-in-class sustainability and energy management programming.
  • Developing and implementing a campus master plan that serves as the physical manifestation of the university’s strategic plan.
  • Ensuring the continuity of campus aesthetics and the preservation of Virginia Tech's architectural heritage.
  • Maintaining buildings, electrical/mechanical systems, utility infrastructure, and campus grounds to provide a reliable, efficient, functional, and beautiful setting.
  • Managing strategic and tactical real estate functions.
  • Facilitating the university’s space management program and associated processes to allow for informed decision making and space accountability.
  • Partnering with local governmental officials to work on issues where the university interfaces with the local governments, particularly in the areas of infrastructure planning and development.


University Building Official
Elaine Gall, PE, CBO*
University Building Official | 540-231-4678

University Planning
Liza Morris, RA
Assistant Vice President for Planning and University Architect | 540-231-9900

Capital Construction
Dwyn Taylor, PE
Assistant Vice President for Capital Construction | 540-231-4673

Facilities Operations
Assistant Vice President for Facilities Operations

Utilities, Energy, Engineering, and Assessment
Mary-Ann O. Ibeziako, MSC, MBA
Assistant Vice President for Utilities, Energy, Engineering, and Assessment | 540-231-4135

Real Estate Management
Heidi E. Myers, MPA
Executive Director for Real Estate | 540-231-9727

Organizational Notes:
* The vice president provides administrative oversight to the university building official who has a direct reporting relationship to the Board of Visitors.

Vice President's Administrative Team

Jon Clark Teglas, MEd
Chief of Staff to the Vice President | 540-231-6291

Teresa Thompson
Executive Assistant to the Vice President | 540-231-5530

Lynn Eichhorn, AIA
Director of Contracts | 540-231-2379

Mike Vellines, PE
Design and Construction Standards Official | 540-231-7767

Support functions external to division or with shared reporting structure

Information Technology and Data Administration
Bill Abplanalp, MBA, CIA
Director of Information Technology and Data Administration | 540-231-4664

Alexa Briehl, MPA
Director of Communications | 540-231-7899

Jim Hillman, MBA
Director of Finance | 540-231-0096

Human Resources
Minh-An Pence, PHR
Manager of Human Resources | 540-231-8660

Contact the Division

Mailing Address
Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities Division (0529)
Sterrett Facilities Complex
Virginia Tech
230 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


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