University of Notre Dame Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves has received quite the early retirement gift: the naming of the Excellence in Leadership Program in his honor. Affleck-Graves announced last summer that he will retire in June and university leaders surprised him with the honor at an event Monday at the Morris Inn.
“Of the rich legacy John will leave at Notre Dame, nothing is more valuable than his commitment to invest in and develop the talents of the University’s most valuable asset — its people,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said.
The yearlong program includes two components- executive leadership for university employees looking for senior leadership positions and high performance leadership for 30 seniors to sharpen their leadership style and gain experience building relationships.
“John not only inspired this program,” Father Jenkins said, “he exemplifies the kind of leader we want to develop at Notre Dame: committed to excellence and to our mission, of the highest integrity, accountable and a team builder. It is most fitting that the program that aspires to develop leaders at Notre Dame, and the certificate given to those who complete it, should bear the name of John Affleck-Graves.”
The South Africa native has been executive vice president since 2004, the first layman to hold the position at the university.