Construction Management’s Distinguished Advisory Council
In 2005, Drexel’s Construction Management faculty, together with key construction industry leaders from the Philadelphia region, launched the Drexel University Construction Management Advisory Council (CMAC) to strengthen Drexel’s program and broaden its reach. Through the CMAC, the University forges an alliance with its construction industry partners to provide a network of support for the program and more importantly, our students.
Specific purposes and objectives of the CMAC include:
- Provide input on program and course content in order to remain competitive and current in the industry.
- Develop and maintain a mutually beneficial liaison between industry practitioners and CM faculty.
- Support the University’s recruiting and retention efforts.
- Offer financial support to the program through dedicated scholarships and endowments, student enrichment activities, and sponsorship of research initiatives.
- Provide an employment and placement network for program graduates and co-op students.
CMAC Advisory Council Executive Committee, 2015-2016
Edward Szwarc, Chair
Executive Vice President
Joseph P. McAtee, PE, Vice Chair
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Urban Engineers, Inc.
John J. Donnelly
Chief Executive Officer
L.F. Driscoll Co.
Vice President and General Manager
Turner Construction Co.
Gordon B. Bryan
Program Manager, Accelerated Development Program
Aegis Property Group
Director of Education
ABC of Eastern Pennsylvania
Vice President, Construction
Brandywine Realty Trust
Richard D. Roberts, PE
Vice President and Chief Engineer
Pennoni Associates, Inc.
Gilbane Building Co.
Manager, Education and Professional Development
Patrick Pasquariello III
Chief Executive Officer
There are four standing subcommittees dedicated to the mission of the CMAC under the direction of the Executive Committee:
Increases the visibility within and among various groups including the regional and national construction industry, professional and trade associations, construction education community, secondary school educators/guidance counselors, and most importantly prospective students; improves and enhances construction industry image.
Assists the faculty in curriculum development consistent with the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) guidelines and industry needs; supports activities required to secure and maintain ACCE accreditation; identifies and recommends viable specialization or concentration options for inclusion within the degree programs.
Resource Development Committee
Develops and implements strategies to secure external funding for the benefit of the CMGT program including scholarships, endowments, and student enhancement programs.
Recommends new members to the CMAC and its various subcommittees.
The Executive Committee generally meets four times per year with the subcommittees above meeting as necessary. Regular events open to the general membership include a Networking Reception in the Fall and Awards Reception in the winter/spring. These events are excellent opportunities for the CMAC industry partners to become acquainted with CMGT students, and vice versa. The events also serve to expand the Drexel CMGT community in that alumni and others from the University frequently attend these events. CMAC regularly sponsors or underwrites various student activities including CMAA Student Chapter events, and others.