Richard Michal serves as the vice president and chief facilities officer for the Purdue Research Foundation. He is responsible for the foundation’s five research parks, $46 million in residential real estate, and the development of the university’s 400-acre Discovery Park District – a $1.2 billion mixed-use comprehensive redevelopment of the west end of Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. Prior to joining PRF, Michal was the AVP of facilities at Butler University, where he was responsible for $300 million of capital projects and oversaw approximately 300 acres of grounds, over 2.1 million square feet of buildings, and a staff of 115 employees. He has an undergraduate degree from Purdue University’s School of Engineering in construction management engineering, a master’s in business administration in finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and a bachelor’s and master’s in architecture from the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Michal is a licensed professional engineer and a LEED-accredited professional. He has 30 years of professional experience in construction management, utility regulation, consulting, and teaching. Michal serves on the boards of the Orchard School and the Indiana Construction Roundtable, and is the at large director of the North Regional Council of the Society for College and University Planning.