University of Richmond has appointed Andrew McBride of Midlothian, Va., as associate vice president for facilities. A member of the facilities leadership team since 1994, McBride most recently was university architect and has served since last summer as interim associate vice president.

For the past year, McBride has been closely involved with the creation of a campus master plan to outline future campus development for the next decade. An early advocate of sustainability, McBride earned the LEED accreditation in 2002 and two years later, guided the university's successful application to the U.S. Green Building Council to have Weinstein Hall approved as the first LEED-certified building in central Virginia.

Hossein Sadid, vice president for business and finance, said McBride “understands the importance the university’s facilities play in campus life for our students, faculty, staff, visitors and neighbors. He sees his role as a coach, cheerleader, bridge builder and facilitator. He also has been good steward of the university's resources and traditions.”

In addition, McBride “has promoted the university's commitment to diversity by encouraging small-, women-, and minority- owned businesses to provide proposals for products and services purchased by facilities," said Sadid. “He has been a tireless advocate of the university's recently instituted supplier diversity program.”

McBride received a bachelor of arts degree in architecture from Iowa State University and a master of science degree in business with a concentration in real estate and urban development from VCU.

He is president of the Association of University Architects, and has served for the past 10 years in its leadership. He was a founding board member of the James River Green Building Council, served on the board of directors of Freedom House for five years, and was involved in Boy Scouts of America for 14 years.

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