Lee Svete, M.A.

Associate Vice President for Career and Professional Development

Lee Svete, M.A.

Lee Svete has served as Associate Vice President for Career & Professional Development at Notre Dame since July 2012. In addition to overseeing The Undergraduate Career Center and Graduate Career Services, Mr. Svete is championing a dynamic and shared vision for building a new state-of-the-art Career & Professional Development Center as part of the Campus Crossroads Project.  The University of Notre Dame Campus Crossroads Project will co-locate three of the four Career Services Departments on campus situated on the West side of Notre Dame Stadium and include the Mendoza Graduate Business Career Services Department.

The Crossroads Project affords a unique opportunity for the career and professional development departments on campus to reimagine the way in which career services and resources are delivered, not only to our respective student populations, but also to employer partners and alumni who are critical to our strategic intent and success. 

In addition, Mr. Svete serves as the primary liaison to the California Initiative for Career Services, and also collaborates with University Relations to provide leadership in fundraising. 

Previous to this appointment at Notre Dame, Lee joined the University as the Director of The Career Center in 1999. Since 2001, Lee has received a number of awards, including: The Notre Dame Presidential Achievement and Team IRISH Awards, Sam Walton Fellowship for Students in Free Enterprise, The IRISH Clover Award for Student Services, General Electric's Top Recruiting Program Award and the Arts & Letters Staff Appreciation Award. 

Before coming to Notre Dame, Lee directed the Career Services Office at Colgate University from 1995 to 1999, and previously directed the Office of Career Planning at St. Lawrence University from 1989 to 1995. Prior to SLU, Lee was the Associate Director of Career Development at Clarkson University from 1985 to 1989.

Lee holds a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in History from the College of Wooster.