Joseph A. Ienuso

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Ienuso, Joseph

Executive Vice President
(212) 854-3291

Joseph A. Ienuso is Executive Vice President of Facilities at Columbia University, one of the top academic and research institutions in the world.  Under Joe's leadership, Columbia University Facilities supports the core educational and research mission of the University by maintaining a safe, beautiful, and functional campus environment.  The University Facilities organization is responsible for the safety, preservation, and maintenance of Columbia's real estate portfolio including space planning, overseeing new building design and construction, operating and maintaining buildings and grounds, managing the University apartment housing inventory, and ensuring campus public safety.  University Facilities is responsible for an operating budget in excess of $200 million per year, a capital budget in excess of $1 billion, and the management of more than 240 buildings and 13 million gross square feet. 

Since his appointment as Executive Vice President of Facilities in August 2005, Joe has presided over several initiatives to improve operations and services at the University and support its growth as a globally respected academic institution.  Achievements include the successful integration of the University's academic and residential facilities departments, the planning and construction of new LEED certified buildings such as the Lamont-Doherty Geochemistry Research Building and the Northwest Corner Building, and the University's proposed long-term expansion plan in Manhattanville, the former manufacturing zone in West Harlem. Joe helped guide the University through New York City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) for the rezoning of 6.8 million gross square feet in Manhattanville into an academic mixed-use zone, which was approved by the New York City Council in December 2007.

Joe joined Columbia in 1989 and has since led various change initiatives through senior administrative roles at the University, including Vice President of Facilities Management; Assistant Vice President of Finance and Administrative Planning for Facilities Management; Director of Student Information Systems and University Registrar; Director of Finance and Administration for Student Services; Director of Enrollment Services for Student Services; and Director of Admissions for the School of Engineering and Applied Science.  Prior to joining Columbia, Joe was the Director of Student Affairs at St. John's University. 

Joe holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Education from St. John's University, and a Bachelor of Science from St. John's University. Joe is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a nonprofit organization that trains women for skilled jobs in construction and other blue-collar industries. Joe is also a director of the New York Building Congress and Co-Chair of its Education Task Force.