Devine to Head New Division

Devine to Head New Division

Pennino steps down as AVP for planning and construction

By Jack Dunn
Director of Public Affairs

Boston College named Buildings and Grounds Director Thomas Devine to the position of associate vice president for facilities management, as part of a reorganization plan that became effective July 15.

Under the plan, the University's current planning and construction division has been consolidated with Buildings and Grounds, resulting in a single facilities management division that will be directed by Devine. In this new role he will be responsible for overseeing the planning, design and construction of University capital projects, as well as the overall maintenance of campus facilities and grounds.

Thomas Devine

In announcing the appointment, Executive Vice President Frank B. Campanella called Devine a "natural choice" to succeed Alfred G. Pennino, who announced his retirement last month as associate vice president for planning and construction.

Alfred Pennino

"Tom Devine brings a wealth of experience in facilities maintenance, operations and construction to this new role," said Campanella. "I have great confidence in him and in his ability to manage our physical facilities and the many new projects now on the drawing board."

Vice President for Human Resources Leo Sullivan offered a similar assessment. "Having worked with Tom Devine over the past six years, I am convinced that he will do an excellent job in this new position," said Sullivan. "He has earned this opportunity from the work he has done and the respect he has garnered from his staff and colleagues at Boston College."

A graduate of Rhode Island College, Devine came to BC in 1994 as director of buildings and grounds. He had previously served as director of facilities and operations at the University of Rhode Island and as superintendent of plant maintenance at General Dynamics' Electric Boat Division.

Devine says he hopes to achieve a closer integration between planning and construction functions and the day-to-day maintenance operations of the University.

"Boston College has a longstanding tradition of quality construction and excellent facilities in support of its academic mission," said Devine. "To have a role in the construction, planning and development of the future of Boston College is an exciting opportunity. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead."

Pennino had served as director of Buildings and Grounds for 20 years before being named associate vice president in 1994, assuming responsibility for University construction, planning and development. Working in conjunction with the executive vice president and the Buildings and Grounds division, he helped oversee Boston College's extensive growth to a university which now encompasses 101 buildings spread over two campuses.

In accepting his retirement, Campanella praised Pennino for his diligence and commitment to the betterment of Boston College. "Fred Pennino has played a central role in the planning of all of our capital construction over the past six years," said Campanella. "He has contributed greatly to the architectural beauty of the University and to its overall physical development. I wish him the very best in his retirement."

Said Pennino, "BC has always been good to me and I have always done my best for BC. I am proud of the 20 buildings that we built and the 10 that we remodeled during my tenure. I will stay involved on a limited basis until the completion of the Flynn Recreation Complex renovation project, and then I look forward to having the time to fulfill some of my own lifelong plans."


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