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John Affleck-Graves, was elected as the University of Notre Dame=s first lay executive vice president by the Board of Trustees in April 2004. Affleck-Graves, 59, a native of South Africa and a naturalized U.S. citizen, holds the Notre Dame Chair in Finance in the Mendoza College of Business and has won numerous teaching awards. The author of more than 50 referred publications, Affleck-Graves specializes in the study of initial public offerings, valuation and asset pricing models, and shareholder value added methodology. He was elected vice president and associate provost in June 2001. From 1975 to 1986, Affleck-Graves taught at his alma mater, the University of Cape Town, where he earned his bachelor=s, master=s and doctoral degrees, the last in mathematical statistics. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1986. As was the case with his predecessor, Fr. Scully, Affleck-Graves will continue to teach while serving as Executive Vice President.