Vice president for real estate to leave in March



By Anissa Gardizy

Arthur Mombourquette, the college’s senior associate vice president for real estate, plans to leave the college on March 1. This will be the ninth director-level vacancy at the college.

Mombourquette will assume a new position as vice president of support services and site management at South Shore Health System—the largest independent health system in southeastern Massachusetts, according to their website. Mombourquette previously worked at the Cape Cod Hospital as chief operating officer and told the Beacon in 2016 that he worked in hospitals for his entire career before coming to the college.

The college hired Mombourquette in 2015. He contributed to projects like the Little Building and Rotch Field renovations, the acquisition of 134-136 Boylston Street, and the construction of the 2 Boylston Place residence hall. He also worked on the purchase of 172 Tremont St. and the Boylston Street sidewalk expansion—two projects that will be completed after Mombourquette leaves the college.

In a Feb. 20 email to the Emerson community, President M. Lee Pelton said he, Mombourquette, Mombourquette’s senior team, and Co-Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Facilities Committee Steven Samuels already began determining who will assume Mombourquette’s responsibilities after his departure. It is unclear from the email if the group determined a timeline to fill the position.

Pelton also said the college would share project updates on 172 Tremont St. and the Little Building soon. He did not specify an exact date.

Mombourquette is one of four college officials who divided up the workload of late Vice President for Administration and Finance Maureen Murphy. The college hired interim Vice President for Administration and Finance Philip Shapiro on Feb. 4.

Mombourquette also serves on the search committee to find a permanent vice president for administration and finance, according to an email sent by Pelton to the Emerson community on Feb. 1.

The college could operate with ten vacancies when Vice President of Institutional Advancement Ron Korvas leaves the college on June 30. Pelton has already assembled a search committee to fill Korvas’ position, according to a community email sent on Feb. 15.