Jonathan P. Varnell, who currently serves as associate vice chancellor for Facilities Management at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, has been selected as UCF’s new vice president for Facilities and Business Operations.
Varnell, who was selected following a competitive national search, has nearly 25 years of experience in higher education. At UNC Charlotte, he leads all facilities management operations; utilities and energy management; sustainability; capital planning, design and construction; engineering; real estate; space planning; and more. Varnell oversaw nearly $250 million in capital projects at his current institution.
Varnell has also held leadership roles at Valpariso University and Guilford College, as well as Taylor University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
He will report to Gerald Hector, senior vice President for Administration and Finance.
“Jon’s energy and breadth of experience across all facets of university facilities and operations make him the perfect person to take on this important role. He has a proven history of innovating and constantly improving processes that have led to a stronger, customer-centric focus,” Hector says.
At UCF, Varnell will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of facilities, including planning and construction, real estate, grounds and landscaping, custodial services, parking and transportation, and business services, as well as the infrastructure and utilities to support them.
“As a thriving research university, UCF presents a great opportunity to both lead and manage at a place that has experienced tremendous growth and has a bright future,” Varnell says. “I know that we can build strong teams that rally around a common vision and are committed to being the best facilities and business organization anywhere.”
Varnell will start his new role on Sept. 7.
Hector expressed appreciation for the work of Interim Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Misty Shepherd.
“Misty has provided steady leadership during very trying times as UCF navigated the pandemic, and I’m grateful for her commitment and expertise,” Hector says.