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Higher Education Program


The landscape of higher educational institutions is constantly changing, and all these changes impact facilities planning, design, and construction.  Join SMPS Columbus and construction executives from several Ohio colleges for a panel discussion to discuss the evolution of Higher Education Campuses focusing on the competitive nature of attracting students, the implications of new technologies and future campus planning as related to design and construction.


Meet Our Panelists

Troy Bonte, Executive Director of Facilities Management & Planning | Otterbein University

Troy oversees the Facilities Services Department in addition to auxiliary operations including the University bookstore, mail center, copy & print center, and custodial services. Troy and his staff handle daily service, energy management, campus construction,
maintenance and repair, and special events, as well as capital project planning. Prior to joining Otterbein, Troy served as the Director of Facilities Services at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA, and as the Director of Facilities Management at
Capital University, located in Bexley.

Troy led the construction of The Point at Otterbein University, Otterbein’s STEAM innovation center, which opened in Fall of 2016. The Point at Otterbein University, a collaboration of businesses and community partners, promotes experiential learning and entrepreneurship in a variety of fields using ultramodern technology.


Mark Kohlman, Chief Business Officer | Kenyon College

Mark Kohlman has served as Kenyon’s chief business officer since November of 2008 and oversees the operations division of the College. The operations division includes major capital projects, campus-wide business services, facility and grounds operations, dining services, campus bookstore operations, the Kenyon Inn, commercial property management and union relations.

Kohlman earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Purdue University and his Masters of Science in Management in Organizational Management from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Before joining Kenyon, Kohlman served as the business director for the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

An avid cyclist, Kohlman spends most of his free time riding the rural roads of central Ohio.


Scott Conlon, Associate University Architect | The Ohio State University

Scott will also be joining the Higher Education panel.





Moderated By:

Kathleen Kelly, Project Manager, Science, Education and Healthcare Specialist, Laboratory Planning | Davis Wince, LTD.

Award-winning design professional with more than 25 years of experience in project leadership, client relationship building, and business development. A highly collaborative team leader inspiring superior performance by a focus on shared technical knowledge and continuous learning. Guides teams and clients by uniting multi-disciplines around design excellence, content, technically superior solutions, significant energy savings, and other sustainable issues. Proven profitability leadership, and the ability to generate relationships both nationally and internationally.



Event Date and Time

Wednesday, January 17th 2018 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


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11:30 am – 11:50 am | Registration + Networking

11:50 am – 12:10 pm | Introductions + Scholarship Announcement

12:10 pm – 1:30 pm | Panelist Presentation, Discussion, Q+A, and Networking with Panelists


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Additional Information

If you are a SMPS member and will be registering five or more guests in your party, please contact for a special discount code.

Ticket prices will increase at 5:00 PM on Thursday, January 11th and late registration will remain open until the program on Wednesday, January 17th.

  • January 17, 2018
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm



Venue Website:

2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio, 43210