Vice President of Facilities Management
Richard G. “Dick” Thompson serves City of Hope as vice president of facilities management. An experienced engineer-executive who has managed a wide variety of planning, engineering and construction projects, Thompson oversees the operation of current facilities and the construction of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Cancer Immunotherapeutics & Tumor Immunology, the Michael Amini Transfusion Medicine Center, the radiation oncology remodel, parking facilities and other projects critical to the goals of the City of Hope strategic plan. He also provides executive oversight of corporate real estate.
Before joining City of Hope in April 2007, Thompson served for 29 years as an active duty military officer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, retiring with the rank of colonel. His last military assignment was as the deputy commander of the South Pacific Division of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he oversaw projects in 10 states. From 2004 to 2005, he served as the Army Corps of Engineers’ district engineer in central Iraq where he directed a $2 billion reconstruction effort, which included 2,000 projects performed by U.S. and Iraqi contractors in a combat environment.
Thompson brings to City of Hope a wealth of diverse engineering experience. His military assignments included command of the Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles, a 700-person organization with annual budget of $400 million that provided planning, engineering and construction support to 11 major military installations and oversaw maintenance of harbors, flood control dams and water control channels. He also served as director of public works for all U.S. Army facilities in Alaska, with responsibility for a 650-person workforce, a hospital, three airfields and 1.6 million acres of land. He held similar positions in San Francisco, Fort Bragg, N.C., and Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras.
A professional engineer registered in North Carolina and Virginia, Thompson received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a Master of Engineering degree from UC Berkeley and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College.