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Director of Planning, Design & Construction Open Forums

On behalf of the Search Committee, I am pleased to announce the names of the individuals who will be visiting campus as finalists for the Director of Planning, Design & Construction. The candidates’ brief bios, campus visit dates and open forum information are provided below.

The Search Committee values your input regarding the candidates’ fit with the Planning, Design & Construction Department and CSUSM. Please be sure to attend the campus open forums and submit the Confidential Candidate Feedback forms that will be distributed at the meetings. The forums are open to all students, faculty and staff, and we encourage your attendance.

Thank you,

Lindsey Rowell

Search Committee Chair for Director of Planning, Design & Construction

Director of Energy Management & Utility Services, FDM


Khary Knowles

LEED-AP, Chief School Business Official

Campus Open Forum: Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Markstein 104

Most recently, Khary served as the Director of Operations for the Los Angeles Office of McKissack & McKissack, a D.C.-based architecture and engineering firm. He oversaw $2.7 million in annual revenues from multiple programs and projects and was directly responsible for operations, business development, marketing and office and field management, as well as professional and administrative staff. Previously, Khary served as the Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Development for the San Marcos Unified School District where he was responsible for the oversight and management of the facilities and development office for the district and a $500 million capital program. There he was ultimately responsible for the delivery of projects ranging from $5,000 to $180 million as well as district staff supporting the program. Khary has also served as the director of Program Management Division and Senior Pre-construction Manager for Erickson-Hall Construction and as an Associate with HMC Architects. In addition to his professional experience, Khary serves as a Board Member for the The San Marcos Promise, a scholarship and career guidance program targeting the North County community and has previously been a mentor and committee member within various programs of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, based out of Sacramento.

Khary has a BS in Secondary Education with a minor in Mathematics and French from the University of Portland, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Portland, and a Master of Architecture from UCLA.


Graham Gilchrist

LEED-AP, NCARB, Registered Architect

Campus Open Forum: Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Markstein 104

Since 2014, Graham has served as the Vice President of Capital Assets and Planning for Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. His primary role upon accepting a position at Bethune-Cookman was to establish the office which he would oversee to support the campus’ capital improvement projects, new construction and renovations. His responsibilities expanded to include the development of a campus master plan and improvement budget as well as oversight of facilities management activities. He serves as the liaison to the Board of Trustees and presents regularly on all capital improvement projects. Graham is also the current owner of Gilchrist Architectural Design Collaborative through which he is involved in individual projects and maintains his professional network within the design and architecture community. Previously, he served as a project manager and architectural designer for Hall and Ogle Architects where he was responsible for a project team that included CAD designers and a project administrator. There he managed all aspects of project design and documentation, bidding and construction administration for residential, commercial, academic and institutional projects as well as in-house LEED procedures and Revit Architecture standards.

Graham has an Associate of Arts in Business Administration from Daytona State College, a BA in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing from Flagler College and a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Florida.