Thomas J. Hauber

Executive Director
Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL) Facilities

How long have you been at Penn?
Forty years. “I started as business manager for Houston Hall, which was just, at that time, Houston Hall and Irvine. That’s long before it was named Perelman Quad, also.”

What are your areas of responsibility?
Hauber and his team are responsible for facilities management within the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life, including the Perelman Quad and related facilities, Claudia Cohen Hall, Williams Hall, Civic House, the Iron Gate Theater, 23 University-managed fraternity and sorority houses, the recently renovated ARCH building, and around 240 central pool classrooms, which are general teaching facilities not associated with any school.

“We’re responsible for maintaining them, remodeling them, or refurbishing them on a regular basis,” he says. “And making sure that spaces are safe. That’s a big, big thing for us.”

What has kept you at Penn for four decades?
“First of all, it’s a great place to work and there is the opportunity for growth,” he says. “I grow every single year doing something better than the year before. Every day is different.”

What is the favorite part of your job?
“I think working with people, whether it’s representing the University to outside organizations or whether it’s working with the University itself.”

—G.J.