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The Retirement of Vice President Claude Rounds

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: The Retirement of Vice President Claude Rounds

Please join me in extending best wishes to Vice President for Administration Claude D. Rounds, who is retiring from the university on September 1, 2021.

Since joining the Institute in 2001, Vice President Rounds has overseen the extraordinary physical transformation of Rensselaer, which consists of over 4.6 million square feet and 155 buildings at both the Troy and Hartford campuses.

He is responsible for executing the Institute’s $825 million capital plan, which is driven by The Rensselaer Plan and The Rensselaer Plan 2024. His leadership has served to provide the platforms, facilities, and infrastructure that have rapidly moved Rensselaer forward as a world-class university with global impact and global reach. 

Vice President Rounds oversees campus planning, design, and construction; property acquisition and development; real estate management; environmental and site services; public safety, parking, and transportation; procurement and materials management; auxiliary and conference services; and operation and management of the Institute’s facilities. 

Under Vice President Round’s leadership, Rensselaer has built world-class platforms for research and student life that have completely transformed and modernized the Troy campus. These platforms include the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), the Center for Computational Innovations (CCI), the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), and the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV).

Vice President Rounds is a professional engineer with over 45 years of experience in facilities management and development, including 22 years at the Albany Medical Center. Before joining Albany Medical Center, he was director of physical plant and facility planning at Hudson Valley Community College. Earlier, he served as Rensselaer County director of environmental health, director of plant operations at Wilton Developmental Center, and as senior building construction engineer for the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene.

His many professional affiliations include board member of the Health Resource Conservation Coalition; past chair and member of University Hospitals Consortium Steering Committee for Technology Management and Facilities Management; chair of the Hospital Association of New York State Technical Advisory Group; and member of the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organization Advisory Committee on Healthcare Safety. He also has aided the local community through his service as a consultant for myriad organizations. 

Please join me in thanking Vice President Rounds for his devotion to Rensselaer and wishing him all the best in his retirement.