SCUP Announces Board of Directors Chair – November 2022

November 4, 2022

SCUP Announces Board of Directors Chair, Jennifer Adams Peffer, Campus Architect and Director, University of Toronto-Scarborough

(Ann Arbor, MI) The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), is pleased to announce
that the SCUP Board of Directors elected Jennifer Adams Peffer, AIA, RAIC, LEED AP as their
board chair. Adams Peffer is the Campus Architect and Director of Architecture, Planning and
Project Development at the University of Toronto-Scarborough in Ontario. She began her one-year
term July 2022, succeeding Steve Wiesenthal, FAIA, Principal at Studio Gang.

As an architect, urban designer, and higher education planner with experience in both private
practice and colleges and universities, Adams Peffer has dedicated her career to improving the
quality of environments where people live, learn, and work, incorporating best practices in health
and wellness, accessibility, environmental and social sustainability. Her national and regional
SCUP leadership roles have included service on the SCUP Council, the North Central Regional
Council, the Campus Planning Academy, and the Finance and Audit Committee.

Reflecting on her year ahead, Adams Peffer said, “There’s a genuine culture of sharing both
knowledge and experience that is one of the strengths of the SCUP community. I look forward to
building on this legacy, together with the Board and Executive, and to providing new opportunities
for our community to share and contribute and broaden as we refresh our strategic plan and
governance, and advance into a learning-centered organization.”

Adams Peffer added, “As integrated planning practitioners, we understand the importance of
alignment. And we’re working to do so at SCUP as well, aligning our staff, volunteers, members
and stakeholders to build a dynamic collaborative environment that will help higher education

Michael D. Moss, president of SCUP, said, “Jennifer is a passionate leader with rich and deep
experiences in diversity, equity, and inclusion. She will highly inform our work as an association
and community as we move forward with our commitment to DEI.”

“Strategic planning is at its best when diverse experiences, diverse individuals, and diverse
practices are represented at the planning table,” Moss added. “Having a leader from a Canadian
institution take the helm as we begin our strategic planning journey will add to the experiences and
perspectives that we need to bring forward in our next strategic plan.”

Moss noted the facilitation skills that Adams Peffer brings from her professional training and
campus responsibilities, “She’s used to listening to disparate voices who have a common cause
and facilitating a unified direction. Jennifer will hyper-engage with our community this year as we
launch our listening sessions and stakeholder engagements.”

We believe that by uniting higher education leaders, we can meet the rapid pace of change and competition, advancing each institution as it shapes and defines its future. Through connection, learning, and expanded conversation, we help create integrated planning solutions that will unleash the promise and potential of higher education.

Contact: Kathleen Benton, Associate Director, Strategic Alliances & Advancement; Society for College and
University Planning (SCUP), 1330 Eisenhower Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48108