Alana Carchedi 301-405-0235
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland's new vice president for administration and finance Carlo Colella is already attacking the broad responsibilities of his post. Colella, who has risen through the ranks of the division over nearly 25 years, comes with a thorough knowledge of one of the biggest administrative portfolios on campus.
Among his responsibilities, Colella directs campus budgeting, fiscal planning, public safety, real estate development, community engagement, human resources, facilities management and other university operations.
"I believe in the power of this university to make a difference in the community and the world. The services in our division are needed for the university to reach its goals, and the operation of the university rests on our shoulders," says Colella. "Our chief job is to move the university forward, whether it is preparing to join the Big Ten, the deliberations surrounding a potential partnership with the Corcoran or the revitalization of Route 1"
During his career at the university, Colella has established a record of accomplishment in successive positions of increasing responsibility. Previously, as the associate vice president for Facilities Management, he led 800 employees in six departments by fostering an ethos of excellence and community.
His responsibilities included delivery of a $1.5 billion capital program across seven University System of Maryland institutions. He has developed excellent working relationships with colleagues on campus and in USM as well as with state, county, and local officials.
"Carlo has a profound expertise and knowledge of all the operations that keep this campus growing and thriving," says UMD President Wallace Loh. "The trust he has earned, along with his engineering background and experience in managing our capital budget, put him in a superb position to advance our campus growth and development."
Colella, a registered professional engineer, earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. He will serve as vice president for a defined term – until next year when a national search for the position will open.