Hopkins named assistant vice chancellor of facilities operations​

Melissa Hopkins has been named assistant vice chancellor and assistant dean of facilities operations at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The appointment is effective Aug. 19.


In this role, Hopkins will provide strategic direction and manage the day-to-day operations of the Department of Facilities Management. This department includes facilities engineering, design and construction, support services, business operations and protective services. She also will manage the School of Medicine’s capital construction budget of more than $50 million and a $35 million operating budget.

“I am delighted that Melissa Hopkins will be leading the Department of Facilities Management,” said Rick Stanton, vice chancellor of administration and finance. “She has a wealth of experience and is an exceptional leader. I am confident that she will be a great asset to the School of Medicine and bring new insights and perspectives to build on the strong foundation left by her predecessor, Walt Davis.”

Hopkins comes to Washington University from Houston, where she serves as executive director of facilities management at the University of Houston.

Previously, she was associate vice president of facilities operations and development at The Ohio State University in Columbus and a regional operations and facilities manager for CH2M HILL, an international engineering consulting firm headquartered near Denver. She also served as a manager in central operational services for Pacific Medical Center and Clinics in the Seattle area.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join a premier institution such as Washington University,” Hopkins said. “I will work hard to build off the many successes at the School of Medicine to enhance and grow our facilities.”

Hopkins earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1995 from Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

She received International Facility Management Association certification as a facility management professional in 2013 and completed The Ohio State University certificate program in facilities planning and management in 2007.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient-care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.