Joe Higgins was appointed vice president for campus services and stewardship on November 1, 2019. In this role, he oversees the Office of Campus Planning; the Office of Sustainability; the Environment, Health, and Safety Office; and the Department of Facilities, including Campus Construction, Campus Services and Maintenance, Facilities Engineering, Utilities, and the Parking & Transportation Office, as well as the administrative functions of the department, including business systems and analytics, communications, finance, information systems, and procurement and vendor management. Higgins and his 800-member team are responsible for designing, constructing, maintaining, and powering the MIT campus while advancing its accessibility, environmental safety, and sustainability.

Higgins joined MIT in 2016 as the Department of Facilities’ director of infrastructure operations, managing critical aspects of MIT’s facilities, including finance and administration, procurement, communications, and customer engagement. In 2018, Higgins was appointed director of campus operations and assumed responsibility for management of campus maintenance, utilities, and facilities engineering.

A registered professional engineer, Higgins holds a BS in engineering and a BA in economics from Swarthmore College, and an MSc in education research from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining MIT, he served for 10 years as vice president and head of engineering for Fidelity Investments, where he also served as Fidelity’s first corporate sustainability officer. Earlier in his career, Higgins held positions for 14 years as director of engineering and then as executive director of strategic and technical services at a Connecticut-based facility management company. In these roles, he provided strategic and engineering services to more than 100 academic and non-profit institutions for their building projects and broader campus initiatives.