Vice President for Administration & Finance, University of Maryland-College Park
Carlo Colella was named Vice President for Administration and Finance at the University of Maryland in June 2013. Prior to this role, Mr. Colella served as Associate Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer from 2011-2013. He joined the university in 1988 and has held progressively responsible positions in Facilities Management, including service as director of capital projects from 2002-2011. Prior to his career at Maryland, Colella worked as an engineer for five years. Colella earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. He is certified as a Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional. As chief business officer, Mr. Colella is responsible for the university’s business operations and 1,352 acre physical environment including nearly 14 million square feet of facilities. The division’s 1,200 staff ensures a safe, well-maintained and clean environment; facilitates planning for the future of the campus and manages construction; manages financial operations and provides business support services; and promotes partnerships with surrounding communities.
Principal and Director of Sustainability, Quinn Evans Architects
Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP, Principal for Quinn Evans Architects, is design principal for architecture, historic preservation, and community revitalization projects. He served as 2018 President of the American Institute of Architects.
Known for coining the phrase: “The greenest building is one that is already built”, Mr. Elefante lectures nationally on historic preservation and sustainable design topics.
Mr. Elefante has served in many capacities in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and community organizations in the Washington DC region.
Mr. Elefante attended Pratt Institute School of Architecture and received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in 1980.
Mr. Elefante is a Fellow of AIA and APT.
President, Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary
Dr. Debbie Sydow began her career as an English professor in the Virginia Community College System. During her thirteen years in the VCCS, Sydow advanced the two-year college mission as a dean, vice president and, eventually, as Acting President of Mountain Empire Community College. In 2000 Sydow accepted a presidency in the State University of New York (SUNY) where she oversaw an institutional transformation that resulted in a 65% enrollment increase and more than $125 million in capital improvements.
In 2012 Sydow returned to her home state of Virginia as president of Richard Bland College of William and Mary, the Commonwealth’s only public, residential two-year college. In partnership with College stakeholders, Sydow has advanced the strategic priorities of maintaining affordability while elevating the College’s reputation and overall value to taxpayers and the community.
Never far from her roots in the classroom, Sydow has served as an adjunct professor at William and Mary, Syracuse University, Virginia Intermont College, UVA-Wise, and Old Dominion University. In addition, she is actively engaged in civic and professional organizations, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and Richmond’s M&T Bank Board. She is a member of the American Council on Education Women’s Network Executive Committee and has chaired professional associations at the American Council on Education, the Higher Education Research and Development Institute, and Cornell University.
A published author and co-editor of a series of books on the future of two-year colleges, Sydow earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, an M.A. from Marquette University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has received numerous awards and honors, including an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Keuka College in New York, a Faculty Scholar Award, Distinguished Community Leaders Award, CEO of the Year Award, and Distinguished Professor and President Emerita.