Conversations with... Barbara Kroncke, Executive Director, UMBA
Ms. Kroncke is the Executive Director of the University of Massachusetts Building Authority. She oversees an ambitious $2.1 billion growth plan that includes the acquisition and construction of and renovation to academic and research buildings, student residence halls and dining and athletic facilities on all five of the University of Massachusetts campuses.
The Building Authority is currently managing more than 36 construction projects, each designed to improve teaching, learning and student life at the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester campuses of the University. Ms. Kroncke, works together with the University President,Martin T. Meehan, the Board of Trustees, and the campuses to deliver cost-effective, sustainable and high quality construction of world class buildings to support the mission of the University.
Prior to joining the Building Authority, Ms. Kroncke was the Managing Partner of the Boston office of McCarter & English and Chair of the Public Finance Practice Group. Her practice was primarily in the area of public finance. Ms. Kroncke advised clients on all aspects of capital financing and in particular, on the issuance and sale of tax-exempt and taxable securities. She served as bond counsel and as counsel to underwriters, and also represented borrowers, purchasers of municipal securities, and credit enhancers. She provided such services for The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and many of its agencies and authorities as well as for financial institutions, colleges, universities, health care institutions and other not-for-profit institutions.