New VP passionate about campus and community

February 19, 2013 11:00 AM

Chase Vicenzi

The construction, care and upkeep of buildings, as well as landscaping at Tulane University, come under new leadership as the university welcomes Jim Alty as the new vice president for facilities management and campus development.

Jim Alty

"It was a career opportunity to broaden my skills and scope," says Jim Alty of his new position as vice president for facilities management and campus development. (Photo by Ryan Rivet)

Formerly the associate vice president for facilities and campus services at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Alty moved to New Orleans with his family to work for Tulane.

“Joining the Tulane team at this critical time is very exciting,” says Alty. "With the construction of Yulman Stadium, Zimple residence hall and the expansion of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, there is an opportunity for Tulane to become an even more vibrant campus. I am looking forward to helping in guiding that growth.”
Alty's responsibilities include the 110 acres and 80 buildings on the Tulane uptown campus as well as the health sciences campus in downtown New Orleans, which  has several divisions including the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the J. Bennett Johnston Health and Environmental Research Building.

Alty holds advanced degrees from Stanford University in structural and mechanical engineering and a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A registered professional engineer with 25 years of experience in both management and leadership, he has worked with the U.S. military and both public and private universities. After more than two decades, Alty still has a passion for the work.
“I love what I do and whom I work with,” says Alty.
Originally from Tampa, Fla., he says the move also allows him and his wife to return to the Gulf Coast after many years away. With only a month of living in New Orleans, Alty says that his favorite part so far is the uptown campus.
“The campus is amazing,” Alty says. “I love walking, so you’ll see me out on the quads. I enjoy walking the campus and getting the chance to meet people and enjoy the community.”

Chase Vicenzi is a junior at Tulane who is studying communication and political science.


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