Patricia L. Swannack
As vice president for administrative services, Patricia Swannack oversees the departments of facilities management, campus planning and construction, human resources, student employment and the University police department. Under her leadership the University has performed over $325 million in construction and renovation projects including the installation of the largest solar energy system in higher education east of the Mississippi River; construction of four residence halls; construction of three academic buildings: McAllan Hall, the Plangere Center, and Rechnitz Hall; the renovation and addition of the science building; renovation, restoration, and expansion of the Guggenheim Memorial Library; restoration of Woodrow Wilson Hall; and the oversight of the University’s largest construction project: the OceanFirst Bank Center.
In 2012, Swannack negotiated the contract for, and oversaw the multi-year renovation of the University’s first satellite campus at the Monmouth Park Corporate Center. She is currently working with Monmouth Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health to further expand the University’s Graduate Center to create multiple simulation laboratories, as well as fit-out for two new graduate programs. Swannack is currently involved with the Monmouth Marine and Environmental Field Station, the archives project, an RFP for the renovation and/or construction of two residence halls, and new property acquisitions near campus.
Under Swannack’s guidance, the University has won numerous awards for its leadership in sustainability. These include the Governor’s Excellence Award, the Largest Green Power User in the MAAC, a Hess C-Neutral Certificate for supporting Carbon Reduction projects a NJDEP Certificate of Environmental Stewardship; the U.S. EPA’s Recognition of Environmental Stewardship, New Jersey’s Clean Energy School of the Year by the U.S. Green Building Committee, and two placements in Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” among others. Monmouth University was also the first independent university to sign a comprehensive green operation agreement with the U.S. EPA.
During her tenure, the University’s property holdings have increased over 50% while its financial obligation for utilities has remained flat. She has obtained over $2 million in grants from the New Jersey Historic Trust and Save America’s Treasures for the preservation of Woodrow Wilson Hall, and has voluntarily reduced operating costs in her division over the last two years by over $3 to $4 million through attrition and the reassignment of responsibilities.
As the chief human resources officer, Swannack has led the University’s negotiating committee through agreements with all five unions representing University employees. She has developed and revised benefit programs to reduce expenses while meeting the continuing needs of employees. Recently Swannack led a campaign to transfer employees to an EPO health care program, resulting in $1.8 million in savings in 2018-19.
Swannack joined Monmouth’s human resources department in 1975. After promotions to director of human resources and executive director, she was promoted to her current position of vice president for administrative services in 1994.
Swannack earned a degree in management from the University in 2002 and received the Stafford Presidential Award of Excellence in 2004, as well as the Alumni Service Award in 2005. She has previously served as a member of the community advisory board of Jersey Shore Meridian University Hospital, as a member of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Women against MS.
B.S., Monmouth University