Dr. Stephen Lopes, a 1984 graduate of Linfield College and the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the University of Southern California Athletics Department, will deliver the commencement address to the Linfield class of 2014.
Commencement will be held Sunday, June 1, at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove at Linfield.
As COO and CFO, Lopes is responsible for managing all financial resources and operations of the $100 million athletic department budget at USC. He negotiates and administers multi-media contracts including television, radio and internet, as well as sponsorship agreements with NIKE, Fox Sports and others. He’s overseen the growth of department revenues from $21 million in 1995 to $100 million in 2014. He works directly on Title IX compliance and NCAA certification and has been involved in the increase in fundraising for the athletic department from $5.5 million in 1995 to $22 million in 2012.
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Lopes also serves as an assistant adjunct professor in the Rossier School of Education at USC, teaching a graduate level course in athletic administration. He is the executive director and program coordinator for the Sports Management Institute, a sports management executive education program that has trained more than 70 current or former intercollegiate athletic directors and is sponsored by the Universities of Southern California, Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Georgia.
Lopes began his career at USC in 1984, first as an assistant strength coach, then as an administrative assistant, business manager, finance director and assistant athletic director. He served as associate athletics director and senior associate athletics director before being named CFO and COO in 2012.
He holds two master’s degrees from USC, one in physical education and sports administration, and the other in business administration. He completed his Ed.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, with his research focusing on the impact of the football program on the strategic goals of USC.
Lopes, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and communications at Linfield, was an All-America offensive tackle and a member of the 1982 NAIA national championship football team. In addition to football, he also lettered in wrestling and golf. His 1982 football team was inducted into the Linfield Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and he was inducted as an individual in 2005.
Lopes has been active in the community, as a former officer and trustee of the Peninsula Education Foundation and past board member of the Palos Verdes Little League. He is currently a member of the Palos Verdes Golf Club Finance Committee and the advisory board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission.