Real Estate and Facilities

  1. Janet Gavarrete

    Janet Gavarrete

    Associate Vice President, Campus Planning & Development

    Janet began working for the University of Miami in 2000 and was named Associate Vice President for Campus Planning and Development in 2006.  During her years at the University, Janet has been responsible for all master planning, land use and regulatory approvals for all University Campuses. Under her leadership, the University has embarked on a strategic preservation plan to designate important campus buildings as historic landmarks.  Janet has spearheaded the creation of a new campus…

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  2. Brian Gitlin

    Brian Gitlin

    Assistant Vice President, Real Estate

    Brian Gitlin is the Assistant Vice President for Real Estate at the University of Miami and joined the institution in 2014. Mr. Gitlin is responsible for all university acquisitions, dispositions, leases, and management of off-campus property. These responsibilities include financial analysis, transaction structuring, deal negotiations, management of outside professionals, and financial reporting.

    Prior to joining the University, Mr. Gitlin worked at Agave Holdings, the real estate investment…

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  3. Barbara Ham

    Barbara Ham

    Director, Facilities Financial Services

    Barbara Ham currently serves as the Director of Facilities Financial Services.  She joined the University of Miami in January 2008. Barbara has over twenty (20) years of experience in Finance and Accounting.

    Barbara joined the University after leaving her role as Director of Shared Services for Staples, Inc in Columbia, South Carolina, where she worked for briefly after leaving Knight Ridder.  She spent over ten (10) years with Knight Ridder Newspaper Publishing Company in Miami,…

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  4. Richard K. Jones

    Richard K. Jones

    Associate Vice President, Facilities Design & Construction

    Richard K. Jones is the Associate Vice President for Facilities Design & Construction at the University of Miami. He is responsible for the department operations as well as oversight of project management for the design and construction of all major healthcare, lab buildings, research, academic, support facilities and infrastructure construction projects on all campuses.

    Mr. Jones is currently responsible for over $520M of capital and non-capital projects in various stages including…

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  5. David Rivero

    David Rivero

    Chief of Police, University of Miami

    Chief Rivero has been with the University of Miami since October of 2006.  In that time he has spearheaded countless innovative initiatives in community policing and campus law enforcement that earned him the title of 2007 Director of the Year by Campus Safety Magazine.  Previously, Rivero served the City of Miami Police Department for 26 years, retiring as a Major.  With the City of Miami Police Department, Rivero served in many roles including the chief spokesperson in media relations,…

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  6. Ruth Rubi

    Ruth Rubi

    Director, Business Operations for Real Estate and Facilities

    Ruth Rubi joined the University of Miami in 2000 and is currently the Director of Business Operations for the Real Estate and Facilities Department.  She oversees the operating budgets and Human Resources functions for all departments under the Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities including Parking and Transportation, University Police, Facilities Administration, Real Estate, Facilities Design and Construction, Campus Planning and Development, and Emergency management. 

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  7. Matthew Shpiner

    Matthew Shpiner

    Director, Office of Emergency Management

    Matthew Shpiner is director of Emergency Management for the University of Miami.  Mr. Shpiner joined the University staff in October 2011 and is currently responsible for coordinating the University’s emergency response and continuity planning with a goal of creating a disaster-resilient University.  Prior to becoming the director of Emergency Management, Mr. Shpiner served as emergency manager for both the Miller School of Medicine and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science…

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  8. Richard Sobaram

    Richard Sobaram

    Director, Parking and Transportation

    Richard Sobaram is the Director of the Parking and Transportation Department at the University of Miami and is responsible for all aspects of the parking and transportation program on the University’s Coral Gables campus. This includes a multi-disciplinary permit system, 83 surface lots and 5 multi-level parking facilities, routine and special transportation services, parking enforcement, permit marketing, inventory maintenance, signage, commuter relations, motorist assistance program, customer…

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  9. James Sprinkle, Jr.

    James Sprinkle

    Executive Director, Facilities Management

    James E. Sprinkle, Jr. is an experienced Facilities Maintenance & Operations professional, with over 25 years of maintenance management, marketing and business development expertise.  He is currently the Executive Director of Facilities Management for the Coral Gables campus within the Real Estate and Facilities Division.

    James and his Facilities Teams oversee maintenance operations, utilities infrastructure, energy management, and environmental services of the Coral Gables campus…

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Real Estate and Facilities