Josh Keniston Is VP of Campus Services, Institutional Projects

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Keniston will continue as co-chair of Dartmouth’s COVID-19 Task Force.

Josh Keniston
Josh Keniston will work closely with leaders across campus, including deans, vice presidents, and senior managers. (Photo by Robert Gill) 

Josh Keniston has been named vice president of campus services and institutional projects, effective immediately.

The role means Keniston, who has been at Dartmouth since January 2018, will be responsible for managing the division, which has approximately 550 staff members and includes Facilities & Operations Management; Planning, Design, and Construction; Environmental Health and Safety; Dartmouth Real Estate; Residential Operations; the division’s HR, technology, and financial functions; and Business and Hospitality, which includes the Hanover Inn, Dartmouth Skiway, Dartmouth Dining Services, Transportation and Parking, and Dartmouth Printing, Mail, and Delivery Services.

Keniston came to Dartmouth in 2018 to serve as vice president and chief of staff to Executive Vice President Rick Mills after he’d consulted on several projects for Dartmouth as manager of the higher education strategy and operations practice with the Huron Consulting Group. In April 2019, he was named vice president for institutional projects, and seven months later took over as interim vice president of campus services following the departure of Steven Moore.

“Josh’s transition as interim manager of campus services was seamless, and I’m glad to appoint him to the permanent position,” says Executive Vice President Rick Mills. “He’s an enthusiastic and skillful leader and we are lucky to have him at the helm of one of Dartmouth’s largest divisions.”

In addition to his work in campus services, Keniston has, since March, served as co-chair of Dartmouth’s COVID-19 Task Force, which meets regularly to consider the latest information, consult with experts, analyze risk, and prepare for various scenarios. He will continue as co-chair of the task force.

In his new role, Keniston will work as a member of Mills’ senior management team and will work closely with leaders across campus, including deans, vice presidents, and senior managers.

Says Keniston, “I am excited about this appointment and my work with the campus services team, and with fantastic colleagues across Dartmouth who I have had the good fortune to work with over the last several years.

”Campus services encompasses a wide array of functions, but what brings the division together is a deep dedication to providing services that support our students, faculty, staff, and community. It’s a team that has proven to be incredibly resilient—especially over the last several months—and I am honored to be part of it,“ he says.

Keniston will continue to lead large-scale administrative projects that involve multiple departments across campus, including the Dartmouth Green Energy Project and the construction of new graduate student housing with a private development partner.

He earned a master’s degree in higher education from Harvard and a BS in communications management and design from Ithaca College. Before working at Huron, Keniston was a consultant and product director for the firm Eduventures and the assistant director of annual giving at Emerson College.

For the latest information on Dartmouth’s response to the pandemic visit the COVID-19 website.

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