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December 13, 2010

Oregon Law alumnus named regional administrator for GSA New England

Robert Zarnetske '93 assumes new post December 15

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced the appointment of 1993 Oregon Law alumnus Robert Zarnetske to serve as the regional administrator of GSA’s New England Region, effective December 15.

As the New England regional administrator, Zarnetske will oversee GSA operations in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine; including federal real estate and information technology. He will be responsible for an inventory of more than 47 federal buildings, 354 leased locations and 25 border station facilities serving entry points from Canada. GSA employs 303 people in the New England Region.

“Bob Zarnetske will be a tremendous addition to the GSA leadership team as we work to create a more sustainable, efficient, cost-effective, open, and responsible government for the American people,” said Martha N. Johnson, administrator of general services. “His commitment to public service and his experience in government at all levels will be invaluable to GSA as we pursue our efforts in the New England Region.”

Zarnetske comes to GSA with a wide range of experience. He served as the assistant director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics at the United States Department of Transportation during the Clinton Administration. He was a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd. He also served as assistant city manager and city manager for the City of Norwich, Connecticut. He was an elected Alderman in Norwich, Connecticut, and has served as an appointed member of the Connecticut Public Transportation Commission. Most recently, Zarnetske has been an attorney in private practice in Connecticut and an instructor at the University of New Haven’s Master of Public Administration program.

Zarnetske received a bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. He earned a master of arts degree from the University of Connecticut, a master of education degree from Harvard University and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Oregon.

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