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Campus Services is comprised of over 400 committed, hardworking individuals who take pride in working at Tulane University and delivering services that enhance university life. Our services are as diverse as the community we serve, and it is our mission to provide the highest levels of support to the university’s living, learning, teaching, and research communities. Through the sustainable delivery of exceptional & innovative services, we support the university’s mission to be a truly distinctive international university.

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Randy Philipson

Randy Philipson

Vice President, Facilities, Campus Development & Real Estate

A New Orleans native, Randy Philipson is currently serving as the Vice President for Facilities, Campus Development & Real Estate at Tulane University.

An LSU graduate, he launched his career in 1998 as the first Event Coordinator at the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Prior to 1998, the PMAC, in its 25 years of existence, had not had an Event Coordinator. During his tenure at the PMAC, Philipson coordinated the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Mike Foster, LSU Basketball Games, NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional Tournaments and LSU Gymnastics.

Philipson returned to New Orleans in 2000 as an Event Coordinator and later Manager of Event Services for the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena. His responsibilities included coordinating various events such the Super Bowl XXXVI Friday Night Party and Pre & Post Game Shows, NCAA Women’s Volleyball and Basketball Final Fours, Nokia Sugar Bowl, SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, the BCS National Championship Game and Microsoft meetings which included Microsoft’s second largest annual company meeting. Philipson also acted as the Event Coordinator for all of the New Orleans Hornets events from their inception in the city.

In 2005, Philipson was named the Director of Event Services at the SMG Managed Baton Rouge River Center. There, he oversaw the Event Services department as well as coordinating events including the Miss Teen USA Beauty Pageant, Hollydays and the Baton Rouge Business Report Biz Tech Expo.

In 2006, Philipson once again returned to the Superdome and New Orleans Arena as Director of Engineering & Operations. In this position, he supervised the Operations, Engineering, Housekeeping, Production, and Technical Services Departments. These departments are responsible for the set-up, tear down, cleanliness, and technical aspects of every event in the facilities. He was also responsible for the safety program, emergency/severe weather planning, FF & E procurement, pest control, preventive maintenance programs, annual inspections, and union negotiations/relations. In 2011, Philipson was named the Regional Director of Operations for SMG, covering the southern region. In this capacity, he oversaw and served as a resource for the Directors of Operations in 30 facilities, Further, he determined the course of the corporate operations initiatives in conjunction with the three other Regional Directors and the Vice President of Operations for SMG. In July of 2013, Philipson was named Director of Facilities for SMG New Orleans. In this role he worked with the various state owned properties under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District as well as on various SMG development projects around the country.

In July of 2015, Philipson was hired at Tulane University as the Vice President of Facilities Management and Campus Development, transitioning in 2021 to his current role. As Vice President, Randy oversees Capital Projects, Facilities Services, Real Estate, the Office of Sustainability, and the University Planning Office in their mission to support and implement the university's strategic and master plans and the goals for institutional development through the physical environment and building resources of the university. 

 

Brian Johnson, Ed.D

Associate Vice President, Campus Operations

In 2021, Dr. Brian Johnson was appointed Associate Vice President of Campus Operations to provide strategic leadership in the future direction and continuous improvement of processes and services in campus operations. This includes leadership of the following areas: the bookstore, Campus Services customer engagement, childcare, Dining Services, Event Services, Mail Services, Parking Services, Shuttles & Transportation, and the Splash Card, as well as a new communications group dedicated to the Office of the COO.

Brian arrived at Tulane 2015 and demonstrated great success in his previous role as Assistant Vice President for Housing, Residence Life, and Campus Recreation, providing vision and strategic direction in creating and enhancing policies, programs, and services to support the student experience at Tulane. This included overseeing the operation of the university’s 14 residence halls, Reily Recreation Center, club and intramural sports programs, learning communities, a faculty mentor program, and seminar course development. His achievements also include managing large-scale capital projects in concert with Student Affairs and Facilities Services and developing a comprehensive first-year student program reorganization, all while building critical stakeholder relationships.

Brian has been an essential team member in our return to campus strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic, from developing and implementing the student arrival center to securing isolation and quarantine space.