It probably doesn't surprise his friends that Randy ended up working in politics and public affairs rather than architecture. More than two decades ago, he launched his career first as a graphic designer and editor in the private sector before making his way to the School of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University. After earning his B.Arch. and Master's degree from FAU, he moved into public relations, marketing, and communications management roles in higher education—ultimately serving his alma mater as associate vice president for marketing.
Randy’s career path took an unexpected turn north—to the State Capitol—when he was asked to serve as chief of staff and senior policy advisor for the Board of Governors, which oversees Florida’s 12 public universities. Four years later and another move north, he now serves in the same capacity for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. He leads the system's public affairs group and works closely with the chancellor, university leaders, elected officials and the business community to advance strategic initiatives.
A native of Ohio, Randy grew up in Texas then moved to Florida. While a student at FAU, he was student body vice president, Graduate Council chair, and chapter president of the American Institute of Architecture Students. During his tenure, the chapter won its bid to host Forum 1998—the AIAS national convention. He was also named Chapter President of the Year and served as the editor of CRIT, the national journal of the AIAS.