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UC Blue Ash Announces New Director of Facilities and Campus Planning


February 11, 2015 – Rob Knarr brings a wealth of experience and a strong background in higher education as he becomes the new Director of Facilities and Campus Planning for UC Blue Ash College.

Knarr is a structural engineer who comes to UC Blue Ash from the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, where he served as the Director of Real Estate, Construction & Development.  Prior to that, Knarr managed his own engineering firm and worked as a consultant before joining Northern Kentucky University’s Facility Management Division, where he spent nearly eight years as the Associate Director of Architecture and Construction Services. His responsibilities at NKU included campus/facility planning, design, management, and coordination for some of the largest and most complex projects in the university’s history.


Rob Knarr is a structural engineer with a strong background in campus and facility planning.

In his new role at UC Blue Ash, Knarr will be responsible for co-managing construction projects and overseeing the existing facilities, grounds and maintenance of the college. There are five academic buildings covering approximately 300,000 square feet that are spread across the well-manicured, 135-acre campus.

“Rob is a dynamic leader with a lot of experience in managing major capital construction projects and developing green initiatives that will help make our college even more efficient and eco-friendly,” said Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, dean of UC Blue Ash College.

Knarr is registered as a professional engineer in Ohio and Kentucky, and he has served as a member of the Zoning Commission Board in Anderson Township, where he lives with his family.  Knarr holds a Master of Business Administration from NKU, a Master of Science in structural engineering from UC, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.

About UC Blue Ash College

UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in nearly 50 degrees and certificates, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio.

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