Messages to the Georgetown Community
Announcing Transitions in Senior Leadership
July 18, 2011
To ensure the University’s continued success in all areas of research and operations, I write to announce a transition involving three of our senior colleagues.
First, I wish to announce that Spiros Dimolitsas, Ph.D. will be taking on the newly created role of Senior Vice President for Research and Chief Technology Officer. In this new role, Spiros will work collaboratively with leaders across the University to promote research, explore new external research partnerships, secure investments in University-based programs and continue to oversee the Office of Technology Commercialization. Spiros has extensive experience in this field. As many of you know, he previously served as Senior Executive for Engineering and Associate Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Lab and in senior management positions at the Communications Satellite Corporation (Comsat). In addition to being a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a recipient of its outstanding achievement medallion, he has published more than 60 peer reviewed scientific papers and holds eight patents.
For the past 10 years, Spiros has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Under his leadership, Georgetown underwent the largest capital expansion in our history by adding ten new buildings, totaling more than 1.5 million square feet of new space; moved our Information Technology operations to a new, resilient data center; and expanded environmentally friendly initiatives. In addition, Spiros has led the development of science-based innovation alliances and partnerships between Georgetown University and the US National Laboratories in the areas of cyber-security, climate change and bio-security.
I would also like to announce that Christopher Augostini will be taking on the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Georgetown University. In this new position, Chris will oversee the overall leadership, management and organization of Georgetown University’s administrative affairs. He will supervise the Office of Financial Affairs, the Investments Office, University Facilities and Student Housing, Human Resources, Faculty and Staff Benefits, University Information Services, Auxiliary Services, Internal Audit and Risk Management. Chris also will continue to be responsible for coordination of the overall activities of University Services in collaboration with and support of the Main Campus, Law Center and Medical Center.
Since 2003, Chris has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In this role he has been responsible for the overall financial management of the University, which includes the preparation and monitoring of the multi-year operating, capital and financing plans. During his tenure, Georgetown has seen its endowment increase by 76 percent, its bond rating improve from both Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s, and its cash and operating positions improve. In addition, he has led the implementation of the University’s global executive education program, developing highly innovative programs in China and other countries in Asia and the Middle East. In addition, Chris has implemented a strategic financial plan and deserves much credit for successfully navigating Georgetown University through one of the most extraordinary global financial crises on record. Chris will continue his role as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer until a replacement is named.
Lastly, Erik Smulson, in his role as Vice President for Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President, will be overseeing the Office of University Safety.
I wish to express my sincere gratitude to our colleagues for taking on these new responsibilities. I look forward to celebrating their achievements and new roles in the weeks ahead.
John J. DeGioia