Robert W. Marriott, Jr.

Robert Marriott is a veteran executive and senior leader in city planning and growth management, academic space management, and directing programs for design, construction, renovation and relocation within academic medical centers. His professional experience includes more than twenty years in city planning and growth management as Deputy Director of Planning for Baltimore County, Assistant Director of Planning for the City of Baltimore and Director of Planning for Montgomery County, Maryland. During this time he was elected to three terms as president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association. Marriott also worked as Assistant Executive Director of the National Capital Planning Commission and as Vice President of Charles County Community College (now the College of Southern Maryland), where he directed the Center for Business and Industry, including the Small Business Development Center and the Southern Maryland Environmental Training Center.

Trained initially at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, (B.S. in Building Science and B. Arch in Urban Design) Marriott spent two years in the Peace Corps and then received an M.S. in Rural and Regional Resource Planning from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. This was followed by the years in city planning and ultimately, a move into higher education and planning for academic medicine. At Northern Arizona University he prepared the campus master plan and served as an advisor to the President and the VP for Administration on the many building challenges facing a campus at 7,000 ft. elevation.

A decade of this time in higher education was spent as Associate Dean in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During that time Marriott developed and implemented a system for analysis of research space utilization, recovering more than 25,000 sq. ft. of underutilized laboratory space for reassignment. He also directed the investment of more than $600M in the construction of research, academic office and educational facilities for the School of Medicine. Including one nearing completion now, five new buildings and five major renovations with all the attendant relocation was undertaken during the ten year period. In 2011 Marriott was invited to join the Medical University of South Carolina as Associate Dean and apply his experience to the Charleston, South Carolina campus. He concluded his service at MUSC and retired in 2013.

His experience in academic medicine has been an opportunity to help several institutions develop space management systems and has provided specialized experience in working with animal facilities, simulation centers, medical education buildings, BSL-3 facilities and many other unique components of medical research and education. Bob has made many presentations on space management and a range of other topics at the national conferences of the AAMC’s Group on Institutional Planning and the Group on Business Affairs, where he was also elected National Chair of the Group on Institutional Planning in 2008.

Bob is one of the national experts on space management in academic medicine and he co-chaired the AAMC national symposium on space management that was held in Chicago in 2009.

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