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Alan Fish joined The Johns Hopkins University in January 2012 as its first Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate.

The position was created to enhance the University’s ability to take a strategic, coordinated and cost-effective approach to planning, developing and managing facilities at multiple campuses, and to deliver related services, such as transportation and real estate transactions.

As head of this division, Fish directs 300 staff members with an annual operating budget of more than $74M, and an average annual capital budget of more than $200M.   He oversees the management of the University’s 20 million sf of space in multiple locations in Maryland and Washington, DC, not including the Johns Hopkins Health System. 

Fish says his position requires that he and his team provide credible, value-added service to all University divisions while moving forward the broader goals of the University central administration.   An example is the capital budget process.  Working with all divisions, Fish oversaw the redesign of this process to improve transparency and to better coordinate project planning with capital and operating budgets.  Another example is the ongoing comprehensive assessment of existing building conditions with annual maintenance investment targets set for each division.

Fish fulfills his responsibilities through collaboration with University senior leaders, Deans and their budget officers, and the Board of Trustees.  Fish serves as secretary of the Board of Trustees Capital Budget Committee and is involved in discussions with major donors about their financial contributions and support for facility projects.

Projects completed and ongoing in his tenure include:

  • UTL – Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories – where Johns Hopkins undergraduates have available state-of-the-art lab technology to accommodate first-rate interdisciplinary science education in the life sciences;
  • Malone Hall – with an October 2014 opening, this Whiting School of Engineering building is a new 70,000 sf, four- story LEED Silver designed building that will house Computer Science faculty and the Hopkins Extreme Material Institute faculty, labs and students;
  • Henderson Hopkins School – a K-8 Baltimore City charter school with an early childhood center;
  • High Performance Research Computing Center with the University of Maryland;
  • 1812 Ashland Avenue – a new administration and innovation center in east Baltimore as part of the Science and Technology Park; and
  • 3200 St. Paul Street – a third-party mixed use development with student housing, retail, and parking on Charles Village.

Additionally, Fish and his staff oversee all utilities, trades and maintenance for the Homewood Campus, in addition to capital projects such as the Baseball and Tennis Facility, the Homewood Childcare Facility, Student Union and Campus Center, and San Martin Drive.

Prior to his work at Johns Hopkins, Fish served at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1989. He was the Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities, Planning and Management for nine years.  He also held the position of associate athletic director and administrative officer for intercollegiate athletics for 13 years.

Fish has worked in various budget and policy positions in Wisconsin state government, including his service as the governor’s legislative liaison and as deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Reinvestment.

Fish is a 1973 honors graduate of Luther College and earned a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Wisconsin in 2001.

Johns Hopkins University
Facilities & Real Estate
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Baltimore, MD 21211
443.997.5302 / 443.997.3737