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John M. Cal

Associate Vice President, Facilities Management



 Business/Professional Achievements:

John has built a 35+ year career applying his leadership and management across a wide variety of endeavors in both the private and public sectors. With 20+ years as a U.S. Army infantry officer serving in a variety of staff and command assignments both in the United States and overseas, coupled with 11 years in the private sector, Mr. Cal brings unique depth and breadth of experience to the University. He has a track record of strengthening performance and building sustainable organizations oriented on results and continuous improvement.

As the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management at the University, John is responsible for real estate master planning, facilities operations, and construction.  Operations include the management of more than 120 permanent buildings totaling more than 8 million square feet located at the two major campuses, Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC) and Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC), along with the Engineering Center (EC) located in Sweetwater, and the Wolfsonian Museum and Annex located in Miami Beach. Together all four sites encompass approximately 575 acres and require an operating budget of $35 million with 330+ employees. The University also operates 3 satellite locations: the Business School site at 1100 Brickell in Downtown Miami, CARTA’s Miami Beach Urban Studio on Lincoln Road, and a Broward location in Pembroke Pines.

Beginning his service at the University in November 2007, John has focused the organization on meeting the demands of an aggressive capital construction program while maintaining and upgrading the existing physical plant to meet the requirements of a growing research institution. With an emphasis on coordinated design followed by intense project management and construction administration, the department has delivered high quality construction on-time and on-budget. In the past 5 years the $196 million major capital program added over 1 million square feet of new space and the minor capital modernization program totaled over $77 million in construction expenditures. Operationally, FIU has led the State University System (SUS) in energy performance for four consecutive years, achieving the remarkable metric of 60.9 kBTU/sf/yr, saving over $1 million per year in utilities costs.

Prior to joining FIU, John worked 11 years for Assurant, Inc. and its predecessor company, American Bankers Insurance Group. Serving first as the Senior Director for Operations in International Development, he then became the Chief of Staff for the President & COO. From 2002 – 2007, John was Senior Vice President, Corporate Resources, with responsibility for all facilities management, real estate, lease management, construction, food services, procurement, travel, security, and warehouse operations. As an Army officer from 1976 – 1996, John attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving in the Pentagon from 1992 – 1996, he served as the Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army, who was also the Chairman of the Panama Canal Commission. John assisted the Chairman in developing the policy and strategy to transfer the Panama Canal to the government of Panama.


Community Involvement:

John and his wife, Helen, a native of Madrid, Spain have raised their five children here in Miami since 1996. Their community activities have centered around their five children and their varied extracurricular interests. Nerea and Elizabeth attended Coral Reef High School, went on to graduate from the United States Military Academy, and both currently serve as Captains in the U.S. Army. Michael graduated from FIU in 2011 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Stephen is majoring in Fashion Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and Mark is majoring in Marketing at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. All three brothers attended Christopher Columbus High School. John and his family are active members of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St. Richard’s Roman Catholic parish in Palmetto Bay.


Educational Achievements:

John holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point graduating in 1976. As an Olmsted Scholar, he studied International Relations at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) from 1981-1983. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1992.


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