Chief of Operations
Tom Harkenrider was appointed as Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo's Chief of Operations in July 2000. His responsibilities include the general management of all buildings operations, energy management, design standards, and owner’s representative to design and construction professionals.
He previously served in a consulting capacity since 1996 as Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo Campus Design and Operations Advisor. Prior to his involvement with the Soka University project, he held similar senior management positions at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and the Nevada Power Company which all had significantly successful construction programs under his leadership.
Private practice accomplishments as Vice President for Management Services with Constructive Concepts Inc. include the management of the 2002 SCUP project of the year for the Emory University Master Plan as Director of Campus Planning, change management for the Design and Construction organization along with commissioning training at the University of California, Baldrige Award preparation and evaluation, and RFP management for selecting the Master Plan Architect, Architect Pool, Program Management firm and Energy Management System with commissioning services for a $300 million campus expansion program currently active at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.
Harkenrider received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from California State University at Long Beach and attended the masters program in business administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Arizona specializing in organizational management.
Harkenrider is the author of a number of professional publications and is a regularly invited speaker on the subject of construction and maintenance contracting, strategic planning, and organizational performance to audiences that include APPA and the United States Marine Corp. He is also an inventor and holds a United States Patent on marble-like architectural concrete developed for the Salk Institute East Building Project and is a licensed professional civil engineer.