Chapman University campus

Chapman University Welcomes a New Vice President of Campus Planning and Design

Chapman University welcomes Collette Creppell as the new vice president of campus planning and design. Rick Turner, who served as the interim vice president for campus planning and operations, has been promoted to vice president of facilities management.

The creation of this new vice presidency marks a change in Chapman’s approach to campus planning. Creppell will focus on design of major projects and, with vice president of community relations Jack Raubolt, entitlement matters; Turner will manage campus operations.

Collette Creppell, Vice President of Campus Planning and Design

Beginning on Dec.3, Collette Creppell will join the Chapman community as the new vice president of campus planning and design. Additionally, President Struppa has appointed her to join Chapman’s senior staff.

Creppell comes to Chapman with extraordinary credentials and experience. She earned her bachelor of arts in visual and environmental studies from Harvard College and her masters in architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Her professional higher education experience includes 10 years of service as university architect for Tulane University. She held this position when Katrina devastated New Orleans and was instrumental in rebuilding the campus.  More recently she served as university architect for Brown University. Her broader experience includes service as a city planner for the City of New Orleans and for the City of New York, service as a professional architect in private practice and service as a faculty member in architecture at Tulane. She is a licensed architect in Louisiana.

Beyond her employment history, Creppell is an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association and has just completed a double term on the Alumni Council for Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She has served on a number of public and university boards. She is active in higher education professional associations including both the Association of University Architects and the Society for College and University Planning.

Rick Turner, Vice President of Facilities Management

Rick Turner, associate vice president of facilities management, has accepted the newly created position of vice president of facilities management. Turner will begin this position on Dec. 1. Since April, Rick has served as interim vice president for campus planning and operations, overseeing both facilities management and campus planning. He has excelled, seeing major construction projects through to completion while continuing his prior responsibilities.

Turner joined the Chapman community on Mar. 7, 2011, as director of facilities management following over 30 years of service as the University of Southern California’s associate director of facilities management. He was promoted to associate vice president of facilities management in August of 2012.

Stephanie House