A Conversation About Higher Learning

SMPS Atlanta is excited to host “A Conversation about Higher Learning.” Join our esteemed panel of campus representatives for a discussion about issues impacting their campuses including social movements and political changes, economic and environmental shifts, and technological advances. 


Kathryn Horne, RA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB
Director, SCUP Southern Region
Director, University Space Management & Utilization 
University of North Carolina at Charlotte


In her current position with UNC Charlotte, Kathryn is responsible for overseeing all aspects of UNCC’s integrated space management program to ensure that campus space is utilized efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that the allocation of all space meets the highest and best use in the context of institutional strategic priorities.

Prior to joining UNCC, Kathryn served in a similar position in the Capital Planning and Space Management department at Georgia Tech. Prior to her time at Georgia Tech, Kathryn worked in private practice for several architecture firms in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kathryn has also been very active in the Society for College and University Planners (SCUP) at both the regional and national levels, and currently serves at the Southern Regional Director of SCUP.

Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master of Architecture degree from Clemson University.



Gwynne Darden
Associate Vice President for the Office of University Architects for Facilities Planning
University of Georgia 

As University Architect, Gwynne leads a staff of around thirty professionals and is responsible for the development and implementation of all aspects of campus architecture, including master planning, historic preservation, and design and construction of facilities and grounds for all University properties throughout the state.

She is a registered architect in the state of Georgia, has a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Architecture and History from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2001 she joined the University of Georgia team and as a Senior Project Manager, she spent many years leading and coordinating the design and construction of fast-track projects for the University of Georgia Athletic Association. In 2013 she was promoted to the Assistant Vice President and in 2016 she served as interim Associate Vice President and was permanently selected for the position.

Gwynne enjoys the collaborative process of transforming the physical environment to support the academic, research, and outreach missions of the university. Though she grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, she has now lived more years in Athens Georgia and is loyal to the Bulldogs.

Matthew Early, P.E.
Vice President for Campus Services
Emory University

Matthew is responsible for oversight of Planning, Design and Construction, Facilities Management, Transportation and Parking Services, CS Administration, Public Safety, Real Estate, and Customer Relations – a role that encompasses more than 800 employees.

Before joining Emory, Mathew as the Vice President of Facilities Operations at Columbia University where he was responsible for over 13 million square feet of buildings. Prior to his tenure at Columbia, Matthew retired from the U.S. Navy after serving 20 years. Stationed in Florida, Hawaii, and Italy, Matthew fulfilled various positions from Deputy Officer in Charge of Construction to a Public Works Officer as a Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) Officer. Matthew played an integral role in implementing GIS alternate energy projects, revamping maintenance processes to reduce critical backlog, and implementing LEED construction standards are not only Columbia University but also various Naval commands.

Matthew is a licensed Civil Engineer and a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned his Master of Science degree in Engineering, with a minor in Construction Management, from the University of California-Berkeley. Additionally, he earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of La Verne, La Verne, California.

Sara Honeywill
Senior Executive Director, Facilities Management
Technical College System of Georgia 

The Facilities Management Division of TCSG works to create and support the highest quality environment for workforce development, technical, and adult education across Georgia. The staff works with state-level partners to provide strategic direction on project planning and development, real property transactions, design, construction and renovation, and maintenance and operations. The System has 23 institutions for which it’s responsible, including the state’s Quick Start program.

Sara oversees staff including Regional Program Managers, a Real Property Manager, and Facilities Coordinator.

Howard Wertheimer, FAIA, LEED AP
Assistant Vice President, Capital Planning & Space Management
Georgia Institute of Technology 

Howard is responsible for the strategic oversight of the campus master plan, landscape master plan, historic preservation plan, campus-wide sustainability initiatives, and most things that are visually exposed on the Georgia Tech campus. This effort encompasses almost 16 million square feet of space in 24o buildings on 400 acres, including more than 170 centrally scheduled classrooms and instructional spaces.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2006, Howard was a Partner with Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architects where he focused on planning, programming, and design of technically sophisticated college and university facilities.

Howard has served on numerous design awards juries including R&D Lab of the Year, SCUP Excellence in Planning, SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture, SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Awards, and ENR Best of the Best. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter and has been active in numerous community and professional organizations including AI, SCUP, COAA, AASHE, AUA, NACUBO, and Leadership Atlanta.

Howard holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and a Master of Architecture, both from Georgia Tech.

Event Schedule:
11:30 a.m. – Registration/Networking
12:30 p.m. – Luncheon

CPSM CEUs:  1.75 hours
Domains: 1, 2, 3, 6

SMPS Member: $50     Non-Member/Guest: $75     Walk-In: $85     CPSM: $45

















February 20, 2018
11:30 AM - 01:45 PM

Dunwoody Country Club
1600 Dunwoody Club Dr
Atlanta, GA 30350,

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