is a senior vice president emeritus of the University of Southern California
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, Lazzaro was called to active U.S. Navy duty shortly after graduating from the New York Maritime College. After serving in the Pacific theater aboard the attack transport U.S.S. Dupage and troop transport U.S.S. General Pope, Lazzaro was discharged as a lieutenant and moved to Los Angeles, California
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. Using G.I. Bill funding, he enrolled at the University of Southern California, earning a degree in industrial engineering
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Lazzaro began working for USC shortly after graduating in 1948. He was hired by vice president Robert D. Fisher. After serving initially as assistant business manager, Lazzaro was appointed associate business manager and director of campus development in 1960, associate vice president for business affairs in 1971, vice president in 1972, senior vice president for business affairs in January 1986, and vice president of the university and special adviser to the president in 1988. Upon his retirement in 1991, he received the title vice president emeritus for his years of distinguished service. In 2011, Lazzaro was recognized by USC with the official title of senior vice president emeritus.
At various times during his career, his areas of responsibility included campus development, and the present-day divisions of capital construction, facilities management, auxiliary services, career and protective services, and compliance, among others. A few of the specific areas where he provided leadership include campus master planning, the ticket office, real estate, the bookstore, transportation, licensing, student housing, campus security, and risk management.
As a senior leader of the campus master plan team, Lazzaro was responsible for the construction of 132 buildings on USC’s campuses and oversaw landscaping that transformed city streets into walkways and pedestrian malls. “Anthony Lazzaro virtually built the USC we know today,” said President James H. Zumberge
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in 1987. “No single individual has had more impact on the development of this university.”
Lazzaro gained national recognition among college and university administrators. He served as president of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers in 1972 and as president of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) in 1978. In 1986, he received the NACUBO Distinguished Business Officer Award, becoming the first active business officer to be so recognized.
Lazzaro received a special honor in December 1988, when Anthony D. Lazzaro Plaza, so designated by the USC Board of Trustees, was dedicated on the University Park campus to acknowledge his commitment and distinguished career of service to the university.
In 2007, Lazzaro was selected to receive the Fred B. Olds Award. The Fred B. Olds Award is presented on special occasions to USC alumni for their extraordinary and unparalleled service to the university over a long period of time. Lazzaro is one of the longest serving employees in USC's history, having worked as an administrator for nearly 63 years as of 2011. As of 2011, he has served under seven of USC's eleven presidents.