New Executive Director of Project Management Named

Welcome to Nicholas Merry


Nicholas Merry has been named the new Executive Director of Project Management with the University of Houston’s department of Facilities/Construction Management.

A Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil), Merry will provide leadership and direction to the Project Management program which implements new construction and major projects, including capital construction, for the University of Houston System.

Merry’s journey started with his attainment of a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.  He later obtained a Master of Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and graduated from the Executive Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Just prior to joining the UH department of Facilities/Construction Management, Merry was a Captain in the US Navy serving as the Director of Facilities at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  As the senior facilities executive in Annapolis, he was responsible for the direction of all construction, engineering, facilities planning, maintenance, support services, contracting and project management as well as environmental, real estate, and utilities services on campus.

His career has taken him far and wide, serving nationally and internationally -- Director of Facilities for the Naval Support Activity in New Orleans, Louisiana which entailed immediate and long-term recovery operations from hurricane Katrina; Chief Financial Officer for Naval Construction Forces, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Director of Facilities, Al Asad Air Base, Iraq; Operations Officer for the Northwest Region of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia; and Executive Officer/Deputy Regional Engineer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East/Navy Forces, Japan.

In addition to being a Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil), Merry is also a Certified Energy Manager and is affiliated with the Society of American Military Engineers and the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA).