The University Facilities Summit (TUFF Summit) is hosted by The University Financing Foundation (TUFF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) operating foundation whose mission is to assist Institutions of education and research in the planning, development, and financing of facilities and equipment at below-market costs. TUFF actively partners with Institutions to help them achieve their academic goals, while maximizing the economic efficiency of their critical real estate projects.

TUFF Site Plan

While TUFF has a standard set of operating guidelines, no two transactions are ever the same.  Whether it is difficulty with a complex transaction, concern over balance sheet impact, or a tight timeline to deliver a facility, TUFF has the capacity to structure the transaction in a way that will have the most impact for an institution’s unique needs.

The successful delivery of a facility takes more than brokers or bankers. It takes a true partner who’s been there before with the experience, connections, and capacity to help identify and avoid the pitfalls, and ultimately help institutions deliver on their promise.

Meet Our Team

  • Thomas H. Hall, III
    Thomas H. Hall, III Chief Executive Officer, Director

    The University Financing Foundation was co-founded in 1982 by Thomas Hall with the goal of assisting colleges and universities in acquiring facilities, and equipment, through third-party tax-exempt bond financing…

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  • Kevin Byrne President and Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Byrne is currently the President of The University Financing Foundation (TUFF), a national 501(c)(3) private operating foundation whose mission is to assist institutions of education and research in obtaining facilities and equipment at below market cost.

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  • Victor R. Clements Manager of Administration

    Mr. Clements, CPA is a 1987 graduate of Georgia Southern University. Vic has spent over 20 years in public accounting and senior finance positions working with organizations ranging from start-ups to companies…

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  • Jeff Dufresne TUFF Summit Director

    Jeff Dufresne, CCIM, CPM, LEED AP is a consultant to TUFF and the director of TUFF Summit 2016. He has a 30-year career of managing national real estate on behalf of institutional clients, and most recently as an executive director of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
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