We would like to welcome our new executive director, Mulugeta Ferede to the University Unions family. Mulugeta, or Mulu, joins us from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he served as the associate director of the Illini Union and will be taking over the position from Andy Smith, who retired in 2013 after 27 years of service.
Mulugeta Ferede is an accomplished student affairs professional, having gained experience at multiple top-tier educational research institutions, including the University of Illinois, University of Maryland and Southern Methodist University. He has led organizations with diverse functions and responsibilities that include facility management, revenue generating operations and student programming. He joins us with budget experience managing over eight million dollars and supervision of one hundred full-time and over sixty student employees. Presently, he oversees the operations of five stand-alone facilities at Illinois, with a total assignable space of 450,000 square feet. In the area of retail operations, Mr. Ferede has managed an on-campus hotel, a self-operated convenience store, an ice cream operation and seven other third party, nationally branded, food and beverage store fronts.
Mr. Ferede is an active member of the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) and the Association of College Unions-International (ACUI). He often presents on the subjects of renovation and expansion, the importance of revenue generation in college unions and sustainable building design and practices. He also participated as a panel member for ACUI on professional development in the context of the college union mission.
"This position provides leadership and strategic vision for some of the most trafficked spaces on campus while integrating the student experience and our academic mission. Ferede has the skills and talents to carry out this important goal through collaboration with our diverse body of students, faculty and staff," noted Soncia Reagins-Lilly, senior associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.
We are very pleased that Mulu has joined the University Unions family. Please help us welcome him to The University of Texas at Austin!