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Katie LappKatie Lapp, Executive Vice President, Harvard University

The approval of an institutional master plan (IMP) in October 2013 covers three new buildings and one renovation at Harvard Business School (HBS), a 200-room hotel and conference center on Western Avenue, a mixed-use institutional building on the site of the former Charlesview apartments, renovations to the Soldiers Field Park graduate student housing, a major renovation of and addition to Harvard Stadium, and a new home for Harvard basketball.

The approval is a key step in the realization of Harvard's long-visualized future in Allston and comes after a year of intensive community engagement. In creating the document, the University drew upon previous planning efforts and input from neighbors and the Harvard Allston Task Force. The result is a proposal that is not just about bricks and mortar, but about furthering Harvard's academic needs while integrating the University and community through educational programs, shared spaces, and pedestrian-friendly, environmentally sustainable public improvements.

Taken together and considered alongside projects already permitted - the science building on Western Avenue, and the residential and retail complex soon to break ground at Barry's Corner, etc - the University is pursuing nearly 2.5M SF of new development over the next 10 years.

The collective results of this 10-year plan will be transformative for both Harvard and the University's neighbors. The transformation is not about buildings alone, but includes new roads to improve traffic flow; the creation of green spaces, including a new Rena Park south of Western Avenue; a pedestrian path through Harvard's athletic fields to the Charles River; and the preservation and enhancement of a grove of trees at Barry's Corner.

When & Where:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Staffordshire Room
Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

$75.00 Members
$110.00 Non-members

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Bio – Katie Lapp

The Executive Vice President (EVP) is the University's Chief Administrative Officer and oversees all aspects of the University's financial, administrative, human resources, campus services, planning and project management, health services, information technology and diversity functions.The EVP serves as a key member of the University's senior leadership team, including, among others, the President, Provost, and Vice Presidents, Secretary of the Corporation, and the deans and administrative deans of Harvard's component schools. The EVP works closely with Harvard's senior leadership team to ensure that Harvard's financial, capital, and operational resources are optimally deployed in support of Harvard's mission.

The EVP plays a critical role in:

  • Enhancing the responsiveness of central administration to the needs of Harvard's faculties, Schools, and other units;
  • Improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and coordination of existing financial and administrative functions and practices across the University, both within central administration and within Schools;
  • Leading the development and improvement of financial and administrative capacity in new areas that cross School boundaries or traditional administrative units;
  • Achieving a more integrated approach to the challenges presented by new ventures in science, Allston, and other areas that will call for more collaboration across traditional boundaries.

Administrative units reporting to the EVP include:

  • Chief Financial Officer and Financial Administration
  • Planning and Project Management
  • Campus Services
  • Human Resources
  • University Health Services
  • Harvard University Information Technology
  • Chief Diversity Officer
  • Planning efforts for Allston

Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Ms. Lapp served as Executive Vice President for Business Operations for the University of California. In that role she served as the University's chief business officer, responsible for oversight of the system-wide budget office, which included the development, acquisition and management of the University's $18 billion annual operating budget. Ms. Lapp was also responsible for the effectiveness and accountability of the University's business functions, including financial management, human resource administration, information technology support, and facility construction and maintenance, and provided administrative oversight for the University's compliance and audit activities.

Ms. Lapp has also served as executive director and CEO for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Lapp, who led MTA for five years until stepping down at the end of 2006, was responsible for the operations, finances and long-term business strategies of North America's largest regional transportation network, which encompasses 68,000 employees, a $10 billion annual budget, a $21 billion five-year capital program and an annual ridership of more than 2.37 billion.

Prior to joining MTA, Ms. Lapp had a distinguished legal career, serving as New York State Director of Criminal Justice and Commissioner of the Criminal Justice Services Department from 1997-2001; as New York City's Criminal Justice Coordinator from 1994-97; and as chief of staff and special counsel to the New York City Deputy Mayor for Public Safety from 1990-93. Prior to those positions, Ms. Lapp served as a law clerk to the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division Second Judicial Department in New York from 1983-1989.

Ms. Lapp received her B.A. in history from Fairfield University and her law degree from Hofstra University.

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