Michael Sylvester Named Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning & Management


Michael Sylvester Named Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning & Management
Michael Sylvester, director of Facilities Services for Riverside County, has been named associate vice president for Facilities Planning & Management.

Director of Facilities Services for Riverside County Michael Sylvester has been named associate vice president (AVP) for Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M). His appointment begins April 17.

“I am excited about joining Cal Poly Pomona's Administrative Affairs division, and particularly the Facilities Planning & Management group,” says Sylvester. “I look forward to meeting as many of my colleagues as possible during the next few months as I continue to learn about the challenges facing the faculty, staff and students and the important role of the facilities organization in supporting the academic mission of the university.”

Darwin Labordo, AVP for Finance & Administration, has led Facilities Planning & Management while the national search was conducted.

FP&M serves as the lead unit at Cal Poly Pomona for planning, developing and maintaining the campus natural and built environment. The AVP for FP&M is responsible for managing the operations of five major areas which include:  Facilities Planning, Design and Construction; Facilities Management (consisting of Mechanical Services, Building and Construction Services, Landscape Services, Custodial Services and Logistics and Recycling Services); Environmental Health and Safety; Energy Services and a Customer Service/Work Order Center.   

“I am looking forward to Mike joining the Administrative Affairs team,” says Patricia Farris, vice president for Administrative Affairs. “He brings with him over 20 years of professional experience working in higher education, combined with the last five years in county government.”

As director of Facilities Services for Riverside County, Sylvester was responsible for the stewardship of over $2 billion of county-owned property — 6 million square feet of county-owned space and 2 million square feet of leased space stretched over 7,200 square miles. His daily activities included long-range capital planning, design and construction, real estate and building maintenance.  

Prior to his work with the county, Sylvester served as the executive director for Facilities Management at UC Irvine; director of Facilities Management at the University of Idaho; and planner/estimator and then work control director at UCRiverside.

He holds a bachelor's in business administration from the College of Idaho and an MBA from the University of La Verne.