John T. Shea has been the CEO of the New York City Department of Education, Division of School Facilities (DSF) since August, 2008. The New York City Department of Education is the largest K-12 school district in the United States, with 1.1 million students, universal pre-kindergarten, and a portfolio of 1405 buildings with a total of 135M square feet of managed space. To successfully oversee this enterprise, DSF relies on an outstanding team of 250 professional staff in the areas of Facility Management, Engineering, Contracts, Project Management, Sustainability, Environmental Health and Safety, Finance, Emergency Preparedness, IT, and Maintenance Management, as well as 450 professional trades staff, 860 Custodian Engineers, 1100 Building Engineers, and 6500 Cleaners.
Before arriving at the NYC DOE John spent twelve years as the Executive Director of Facilities for the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), the largest regional school district in New York State. Prior to BOCES, he was a Technical Manager for the Aramark Corporation in their Educational Services division. John started his career in the maritime industry as an engineer, supervising ship repair and construction both domestically and internationally. He has a BS in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, from where he graduated in 1989, and is a former officer in the United States Naval Reserve.
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