Senior Vice President
James R. Tucker was appointed Senior Vice President of Administrative and Business Services on March 1, 2007.
As Senior Vice President, he oversees the largest non-academic administrative division at Drexel University, which includes the combined operations of 27 departments with over 1,600 university, student, contract and union employees. The broad spectrum of administrative services and student engagement programs for all Drexel campuses include: Academic Properties, Inc; Administrative Operations; Athletics; Drexel Business Services; Equality and Diversity; A&BS Finance and Administration; Real Estate; Public Safety; University Facilities; and University Wellness.
Tucker oversees the planning and maintenance of over 7.4 million square feet located on over 100 acres on three campuses in Philadelphia. He manages over $206 million in revenue and expense divisional operating budgets annually. Since 2007, he has managed over $525 million in capital expenditures for the implementation of the 2007-2012 and 2012-2017 Campus Master Plans, and has executed third-party development deals for student housing, retail and dining valued at over $570 million in assets and ground rents for Drexel.
Tucker also serves as President of Academic Properties, Inc. (API), a holding company owned by the University to purchase and manage its real estate properties, and principal of Drexel University City Development, LLC, a joint venture between Drexel University and Wexford Science & Technology.
As Senior Vice President for Drexel University he is Vice Chair for the University City District (UCD), a 2.2 square mile area of West Philadelphia. An independent, not-for-profit organization, UCD builds effective partnerships to maintain a clean and safe environment and promotes, plans, and advocates for University City's diverse, urban community. He also serves as Vice Chair for the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, a public private partnership leading the development of Schuylkill Banks; working with federal, state, city and private agencies to coordinate, plan and implement economic, recreational, environmental and cultural improvements and tourism initiatives on the lower Schuylkill River between the Fairmount Dam and the Delaware River. Tucker also serves on the Executive Board of the March of Dimes' Transportation, Building & Construction Awards Luncheon.
Tucker arrived from Cincinnati, where he served as vice president for Student Life and Administrative Services at the University of Cincinnati. He began his career at Cincinnati in 1977 at the age of 19 as acting supervisor in parking services, and moved through the administrative ranks to his most recent position.
As vice president, he was responsible for the combined operations of 1,800 university employees in 40 departments, 12.5 million square feet of building assets valued at more than $2 billion and a $200 million annual operating budget. Upon his retirement from the University of Cincinnati, following 30 years of service, he was honored as being one of only a few non-academic administrators to be given the title of Vice President Emeritus in the University's history.
He has received numerous awards and honors including:
- March of Dimes Transportation, Building and Construction Awards, 2013 – Philadelphia Project of the Year, Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building
- Environmental Protection Agency, 2013 – Green Power Champion for largest Green power use in the Colonial Athletic Association
- National Association of College and University Business Officers, 2012 – Distinguished Business Officer Award
- Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, 2010 – PennFuture Award for leadership in energy efficiency and becoming the first university to deploy Viridity’s VPower energy monitoring system, and the development of the My Green Cube sustainability engagement educational tool
- RecycleMania, 2008 – 1st place in Pennsylvania for "Gorilla Prize" (Targeted Materials--Corrugated Cardboard and Targeted Materials--Bottles and Cans) for Partial Campuses and 9th place in the nation in the category Waste Minimization for Partial Campuses
- International District Energy Association, 2005 – System-of-the-Year Award
- Association of Energy Engineers, 2005 – National Energy Project of the Year
- State of Ohio, 2003 – Governor’s Award of Excellence
- Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers, 2001 – Award for Excellence in Facilities Management
- State of Ohio, 2000 – Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency
- Association of Energy Engineers, 1999 – Energy Executive of the Year
- International Facility Management Association, 1999 – Facility Management Achievement Award
- Environmental Protection Agency, 1997 – Green Lights Partner of the Year
Tucker holds three Bachelor degrees from the University of Cincinnati in Administrative Management, Marketing, and Information Processing Systems; a Master's degree in Business Administration from LaSalle University; and has completed all studies (ABD) for a Doctoral Program in an Interdisciplinary Degree in Arts & Science from Union Institute and University. His doctoral studies focused on key plans and strategies implemented at the most improved colleges and universities that raised their level of quality, performance and rankings.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tucker and his wife Lynn reside in New Jersey and are the parents of four children and grandparents of five grandchildren.