Senior Leadership Team

Our senior leadership team consists of the executives in charge of Facilities Services' internal units. They are:

Machelle Vieux, PE
Associate Vice President, Facilities Services

As Associate Vice President for Facilities Services, Machelle Vieux, PE, leads a team of 300 employees across four units: Facilities Services Operations, Capital Project Delivery, Campus Planning and Sustainability, and Finance and Business Services. 

The Facilities Services team includes operations for 134 buildings and 10 million square feet of built environment across the 217-acre Hyde Park campus; design and construction processes for delivery of renovation and new major projects; management of space and master planning, campus landscape design, and sustainability initiatives; and financial management and business services. 

Vieux was appointed to her role in January 2023 and has thirty years of experience leading teams in facilities, utilities, and project management. Prior to arriving at the University of Chicago, she was the Director of Facilities and Operations at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory operated by Stanford University in Menlo Park, California. At SLAC she led a division of 200 personnel managing a $24 million budget for 350 real property assets on 426 acres. She was the project director of a utility infrastructure revitalization project to address aging infrastructure and modernization challenges. She volunteered in several groups supporting employees and students, including serving as the Executive Sponsor for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus Employee Resource Group (ERG); Executive Committee member for Science Accelerating Girls’ Engagement in STEM, and mentor for the Women at SLAC ERG. She was selected for DOE’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program, and is a member of the Facilities Advisory Council for Sanford Underground Research Facility, in Lead, South Dakota. 

Her experience includes senior facilities leadership roles as the Strategic National Accounts Director for ABM Industries, Santa Clara, California, and Director/Deputy Director of General Services for the County of San Luis Obispo, California. She served in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, retiring at the rank of Commander after 20 years of service. While serving as Director of Public Works at Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California, she led master planning efforts to home base the Navy’s Joint Strike Fighter and led a base-wide initiative to reduce energy and water usage receiving the Secretary of the Navy, Energy and Water Conservation Gold Level award. Additionally, she was the 2011 Naval Facilities Engineering Command Federal Military Engineer of the Year.

Vieux holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Alicia Berg
Assistant Vice President for Campus Planning + Sustainability

Alicia Berg, AICP, is assistant vice president for campus planning + sustainability at the University of Chicago where she manages campus planning, physical and capital budget planning, space planning and programming, design of the campus environment, and sustainability strategy. Berg joined the University in 2015 after serving more than a decade as vice president of campus environment at Columbia College Chicago, where she created a cohesive campus through over 200 projects spanning 23 scattered buildings connected by urban streets. Her responsibilities included managing real estate transactions, capital budgeting and project delivery, space planning and design, master planning, community relations, campus safety and security, and sustainability initiatives. Prior to joining the college, she held increasingly responsible positions with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, culminating in her mayoral appointment as the city’s top planning and economic development official in 2001. Berg holds a master of science in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the immediate past chairman of Landmarks Illinois.

Arthur Del Muro
Executive Director of Capital Project Delivery

Arthur Del Muro joined the University of Chicago in 2017 as director of construction management. As Executive Director, he is responsible for managing all resources of the capital project delivery process including design, construction, commissioning, and closeout of the university’s new facilities, renovations, and campus environment projects. Arthur is responsible for bringing assets online in the most efficient and effective manner, ensuring that scope, schedule, and budget are aligned. Prior to joining the University, he was the Managing Architect for the City of Chicago Public Building Commission and a practicing architect. He has over 34 years of experience in planning, design, and construction project delivery in sectors including higher education, K-12, municipal, and commercial markets. Del Muro holds a Bachelor of Science of Architectural Design Studies from the University of Illinois and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Chicago architectural community.

Arleta Porter
Executive Director of Finance and Business Services

Arleta Porter joined the University in 2007 and serves as executive director of finance and business services. She provides leadership and management direction in the areas of financial management, human resources, strategic communications, administrative services, and special initiatives. Porter has over three decades of experience in finance, accounting and management across a wide range of industries. She has previously served as chief financial officer of the Chicago Children’s Museum, comptroller for the Chicago Park District, division controller for L’Oréal, and in many other financial and managerial roles. Porter earned a master of business administration in organizational behavior and management from the University of Houston, and a bachelor of arts in economics and accounting from Spelman College.

John D'Angelo
Assistant Vice President of Operations

John D’Angelo, (MS, PE, CHFM, CHEP, CMVP) joined The University of Chicago in 2019 as the assistant vice president of Facilities Services Operations. In this role, he leads a team of over 200 professionals that manage all facilities operations, maintenance, specialty trades, energy conservation, and utilities management on campus, in off-campus non-dormitory residences, and off-site University operated research facilities.
Prior to joining The University of Chicago, D’Angelo served as vice president of Facilities at Northwestern University where he was responsible for leading a 370-person team in delivering all facilities services for multiple campuses comprising sixteen million square feet with a plant replacement value of over eight billion dollars. Under D’Angelo’s leadership, the team executed over eighty thousand service requests annually and delivered 240 major capital projects valued at $2.4B in less than four years.
D’Angelo has published multiple articles on facilities management and teaches the topic for a master’s Engineering program. He is one of the authors of New York City’s Resiliency Codes following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. D’Angelo is a founding president of three separate not-for-profit technical societies. He holds a patent for surgical suite lighting and has been selected to develop national codes and standards in the areas of Legionellosis prevention, lighting, air quality, energy conservation, and sustainability. 

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