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Lyphout plans June retirement

Observer Staff Report | Sunday, February 6, 2011

James Lyphout, Notre Dame’s vice president for Business Operations, will retire in June, according to a University press release.

Lyphout is the University’s longest-serving current officer. Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees elected him vice president in 1999. He also served as assistant vice president for Business Affairs from 1984 to 1996 and as associate vice president for business operations from 1996 to 1999.

In his current position, Lyphout oversees campus infrastructure and construction projects, the Office of Sustainability, campus operations and most auxiliary campus operations such as food services, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and the Morris Inn. He also manages Notre Dame’s London Centre, the Keough-Notre Dame study Centre in Dublin and the Hank Environmental Research Center at Land O’Lakes, Wis.

“Jim Lyphout has provided outstanding leadership to the essential services that comprise the University’s core infrastructure,” Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves said in the press release. “During his tenure, our student dining services have consistently been rated among the finest in the country, our campus planning and construction programs are held up as best examples of the application of gothic architecture in an academic environment, and we have continued to enhance the natural beauty of our campus through our tree planting and campus landscaping projects.”

As vice president for Business Operations, Lyphout has overseen around 20 construction projects, the ongoing renewal of Notre Dame Stadium, several renovation projects and the closure of Juniper Road through campus.

“It has been my privilege and honor to serve for the last 27 years as a member of the University administration,” Lyphout said in the press release. “During my tenure, I have enjoyed being an integral part of the remarkable growth in campus building space of more than 20 percent. This growth was guided by the campus master plan, crafted by a wonderful team of colleagues and designed to direct all future development of campus.”

Lyphout is a native of East Moline, Ill. He earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Illinois University, served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 and worked at Northwestern University before coming to Notre Dame. He and his wife, Rose have two sons who are Notre Dame graduates.