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WFU names new assistant vice president for facilities management


July 10, 2007

Wake Forest University has appointed James (Jim) Alty Jr. to the post of assistant vice president for facilities management. 

Alty has served since 2004 as director of facilities services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was responsible for building and grounds maintenance, housekeeping, design and construction, fleet operations, refuse and recycling and sustainability.

As assistant vice president for facilities management at Wake Forest, he will provide overall leadership and coordination for facilities management, including the comprehensive campus master plan, the operational aspects of capital planning, building design and construction management, environmental health and safety and management of many campus services including custodial, grounds and maintenance.

“Jim Alty is looking forward to becoming part of our community,” said Matthew Cullinan, vice president for administration at Wake Forest.  “You can be sure that he will be reaching out to staff, faculty and students on our campus as he learns the needs of Wake Forest.”

Alty will assume his duties at Wake Forest Aug. 1.  He succeeds William (Bill) Sides, who is retiring Sept. 1 as director of facilities management.

"Bill's contributions to Wake Forest have been significant during his 13 years of service,” Cullinan noted.

A native of Oklahoma, Alty graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.  He also holds master’s degrees in civil engineering and mechanical engineering from Stanford University and is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Alty commanded a series of U.S. Army engineering battalions and construction units in Hawaii, the South Pacific and Europe prior to becoming director of public works at Fort Lee, Va.  He retired from military service in 2001 to become associate director for support services at the University of Texas at Austin.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


James Alty, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management, Wake Forest University.
James Alty, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management, Wake Forest University.
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