IUPUI Makes Three Promotions

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Mark Volpatti and Jeff Plawecki Mark Volpatti and Jeff Plawecki

IUPUI has promoted Mark Volpatti (pictured) to associate vice chancellor for auxiliary services, a position in which he has been serving in an interim capacity since May 2016. In this role, he will continue to provide vision, leadership and operational oversight resulting in financially sound auxiliary services that add to the vibrancy of the campus environment while responding to identified campus needs with excellent service delivery. Auxiliary Services units at IUPUI include Food Services, Barnes & Noble, IU Natatorium, Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium, Center for Young Children, Event and Conference Services, Mail Services, Miles Printing, and Surplus.

Volpatti started working at IUPUI in 2002 as the faculty/student liaison for Adaptive Educational Services. Since that time, he has held a variety of leadership positions within the university, including executive director of administration and finance and chief operating officer at IUPU Columbus, and most recently as the director of financial affairs at IUPUI. Volpatti earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Education in business administration, accounting, and educational leadership and policy studies, respectively, from Indiana University, and an Master of Arts in Catholic life and thought from St. Meinrad School of Theology.

Jeff Plawecki (pictured) has been promoted to associate vice chancellor for facilities. He previously served as director of facility operations at IUPUI Campus Facility Services. In this new role, Plawecki will provide facility management leadership to all Campus Facility Services units including Building Operations, Grounds Services, Utility Operations, Energy Management, Engineering and Small Project Construction, Call Center, and IUPU Columbus. He will also be responsible for department guidelines, union relations and continuous improvement initiatives; direct and manage campus deferred maintenance; and serve as a liaison to the IU vice president for capital planning and facilities. An engineer by trade, Plawecki has spent the last 23 years with IUPUI and has also served as associate director of engineering and maintenance. He received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Purdue University and is a registered engineer in the state of Indiana.

Also, Rick Graycarek has been appointed associate vice chancellor of finance effective May 1. In this position, he will be responsible for overseeing the financial activities for the IUPUI campus to ensure compliance with IU policy and accounting standards. Graycarek will also provide direction and oversight for the budgeting process, lead and direct financial operations in supporting the financial data and information needs and operational decision-making, and serve as a resource for preparing financial analyses for projects at IUPUI. In addition, he will provide oversight for the daily operations of the IUPUI Budget Office and the IUPUI Office of the Bursar and will also serve as the campus liaison with the University Budget Office and Financial Management Services for budget and financial transactions.

Graycarek has 22 years of experience in public finance and management, including serving as director of budget and financial planning at the University of Louisville. He earned his Bachelor of Science in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and his Master of Public Administration with a specialization in financial management from the University of Kentucky.

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