Robert M. Specter serves The Catholic University of America as its vice president for finance and treasurer. Previously, Mr. Specter was vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maryland, where he initiated planning for revitalization of the College Park neighborhoods surrounding the University. He served as vice president for finance at the University of Delaware, guiding its financial policy during the lengthy economic recession. He chaired the board of directors of Blue Hen Hotel LLC, which owns a Marriott-branded hotel on campus. In partnership with the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment and a private turbine manufacturer, he co-founded First State Marine Wind LLC, which built and profitably operates a 2.0 megawatt wind turbine as part of the University of Delaware's research and development in alternative energy technologies.
Mr. Specter was a charter member of the U.S. Green Building Council's Cascadia Region as the initial Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) sustainability metrics were implemented. He is active in Financial Executives International and the Society for College and University Planning, and has enjoyed participating in a variety of professional councils and civic organizations. Most recently, Mr. Specter deployed to Nepal to provide logistical support to a medical relief team following the Spring 2015 earthquakes in that country.
Mr. Specter earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Rochester, an MS degree at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and an M.B.A. at Arizona State University.