Bob Francis has been a chief facilities officer for higher education and cultural institutions for 30 years, as well as an officer of a private facilities management firm. Before taking the vice president position at Drexel University, he held comparable positions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Detroit Public Schools, Rockefeller University, Stony Brook University, and Wright State University. He has managed over $3 billion in construction in the past 15 years.
Francis worked in the private sector for 13 years as Vice President of Operations for Facilities Resource Management Co., overseeing commissioning, energy management, and technical operations for such clients as Rockefeller University, American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, New York University, Columbia University, and Sarasota County Schools.
An engineer by training, Francis taught literature in an English department before moving into administration. He was named an Honorary Member of the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2005 and holds a Doctorate in Education Administration.
Francis is responsible for the planning, design, and construction of new facilities at Drexel University's University City Campus, Center City Campus, and Queen Lane Campus; real estate and lease management; maintenance and operation of the physical plant; and support services such as transportation.