Jon Varnell serves as the vice president for administrative operations at UCF. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of facilities, including planning and construction, real estate, grounds and landscaping, housekeeping and recycling, utilities, and sustainability, which also includes UCF’s Arboretum.
In addition to facilities, Jon also oversees parking and transportation, and business services units such as licensing, surplus, postal services and the Print Shop, among others. This department also manages contracts with key partners such as Coca-Cola, Barnes & Noble, and Aramark.
Jon has 27 years of experience in higher education. Before joining UCF, he served as the associate vice chancellor for facilities management at UNC Charlotte and previously held leadership roles as Vice President for Administration at Valparaiso University and Guilford College. Jon has been an active participant in numerous industry associations and a key member of executive leadership teams at both public and private institutions.