Chancellor’s Council

Keith AlfordKeith Alford

Keith Alford was appointed Syracuse University’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer in May 2019. Alford is an associate professor, chair of the School of Social Work, Falk College. For more than two decades, Alford has provided support to undergraduate and graduate students via teaching and mentoring in an effort of helping them achieve personal and professional goals.

Gene Anderson, Dean of the Maxell SchoolGene Anderson

Appointed Dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management in April 2017, Gene Anderson is a widely cited scholar with 15 years of academic leadership experience. Anderson is responsible for enhancing the Whitman School’s research and educational programs, building its reputation and strengthening its finances. Most recently, Anderson served as Dean of the University of Miami School of Business Administration.

Steven Bennett Steve Bennett, Senior Vice President for Academic Operations

Steven Bennett is Senior Vice President for International Programs and Academic Operations and Chief of Staff, Academic Affairs. In this capacity, he plays a critical role in overseeing academic operations for administrative units that report to the Office of the Provost, including Information Technology, budget, Syracuse Abroad, and satellite facilities around the U.S. and the globe. He also works closely with the Provost as chief of staff in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Photo of Craig BoiseCraig Boise

Recognized as an innovator in legal education, Craig Boise was named Dean of Syracuse University’s College of Law in April 2016. Boise comes to Syracuse University from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, which under his deanship made significant gains in academic programs, national rankings and fundraising.

callistoAnthony Callisto

As Senior Vice President for Safety and Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Anthony Callisto heads the University’s Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services, providing leadership to each area of the division to ensure a unified, student-centered approach to protecting the campus community, and leading all campus safety and emergency services collaboration efforts.

Rajiv Dewan portraitRajiv Dewan

Rajiv “Raj” Dewan was named Dean of the School of Information Studies in January 2020. He previously served as the Xerox Professor of Business and the Director of the Master of Science Program at the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School.


Lisa Dolak portrait

Lisa Dolak

Senior Vice President and University Secretary Lisa Dolak is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the University’s system of governance. Dolak is the Angela S. Cooney Professor of Law, and previously worked as a synthetic organic chemist in pharmaceutical research.


Michael FrascielloMichael Frasciello

Michael Frasciello is the Dean for University College. In this role, Frasciello leads a portfolio of high quality continuing education and summer programs, including credit and non-credit undergraduate and graduate studies, online programs, the English Language Institute, the Veterans Resource Center, and Summer@Syracuse programs.

Daniel French portraitDaniel French

Daniel French serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. A former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, French’s private practice involves complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense.


Andrew GordonAndrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, providing strategic leadership on human resource matters and acting as the steward of the University’s human capital in service to the University’s academic mission. Gordon came to Syracuse from New York University, where he served as Vice President for University Human Resources and Global Support.

Michael HaynieMike Haynie

Mike Haynie is Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, University Professor, Executive Director of the University’s Institute for Veterans & Military Families, and the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management. Shortly after joining the faculty in 2006, he founded the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program.

Candace Campbell JacksonCandace Campbell Jackson

Candace Campbell Jackson serves as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff to Chancellor Syverud. An accomplished higher education executive, Jackson is recognized for being an exemplary strategic and operations leader with a strong record of achieving successful outcomes in all critical higher education management functions, including academic affairs, athletics, auxiliary enterprises, board relations, communications and marketing, enrollment management, executive recruitment and team building, fundraising, governmental affairs, grants administration, international programs, planning, safety and strategic planning.

Chris JohnsonChris Johnson

Chris Johnson serves as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. In this capacity, Johnson partners with Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly and other Academic Affairs leaders to support key academic initiatives and advance the University’s vision and mission as outlined in the Academic Strategic Plan. A professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Johnson also served as Interim Director of the Renée Crown University Honors Program.

Cydney Johnson portraitCydney Johnson

Cydney Johnson is Vice President of Community Engagement and Government Relations, responsible for leading the community engagement team as it continues to advance the University’s robust portfolio of community-connected programs and initiatives. In addition, Johnson has responsibility for the strategic planning and implementation of the legislative and advocacy agenda for Syracuse University at the federal, state, and local level.

Brian Konkol, Dean of Hendricks ChapelBrian Konkol

As the Dean of Hendricks Chapel, Brian Konkol guides, nurtures, and enhances religious, spiritual, and ethical life at the University and across its extended community. In addition to his years of experience in South America and Africa, he most recently served as Chaplain of the College and as a faculty member in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Mark Lodato portraitMark Lodato

Mark Lodato was appointed Dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in July 2020 after more than 14 years at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he most recently served as associate dean. Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Lodato worked 16 years as an award-winning television reporter and anchor for television stations in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Phoenix and Ft. Myers, Fla.

John Liu portraitZhanjiang “John” Liu

John Liu was named Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost, effective Jan. 6, 2020. Liu had served as Vice President for Research since Sept. 2017, providing strategic leadership for the research mission of the University. Liu came to Syracuse from Auburn University, where he served as Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Research. He is an international leader in the area of aquaculture genomics and bioinformatics.

Joanna Masingila, Dean of the School of EducationJoanna O. Masingila

Joanna O. Masingila was named Dean of the School of Education in March 2015, having served as interim dean of the school since February 2014. She is a professor of mathematics and mathematics education, and was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence in 2003.


murphyDiane Lyden Murphy

Diane Lyden Murphy was appointed Dean of the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics in 2005, following a 17-year appointment as director of the Women’s Studies Program. Her professional contributions include co-authoring the University’s sexual harassment policy, developing adoption and domestic partner benefits and creating a family-friendly environment.

Amir Rahnamay-AzarAmir Rahnamay-Azar

Senior Vice President for Business, Finance and Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer Amir Rahnamay-Azar is responsible for overseeing a variety of financial and operational functions including Auxiliary Services, Campus Development and Facilities Operations, Campus Safety and Emergency Management Services, Financial Planning and Resource Management, Internal Audit, and Real Estate and Asset Management.

Raina Ramesh portraitRamesh Raina

Ramesh Raina was appointed Interim Vice President for Research in January 2020. He is a professor of biology. Before his appointment, Raina served as chair of biology for more than eight years, beginning in July 2011. He has also been a core faculty member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program since 2009.


Photo of LaVonda Reed

LaVonda N. Reed

A recognized scholar in the area of communications regulatory law and policy and Professor of Law, LaVonda N. Reed serves as the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, supervising all aspects of faculty life at the University including faculty appointments and professional development, awards and honors, and personnel matters.


Dara Royer portraitDara Royer

Dara Royer is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. In this role she’s responsible for oversight of internal and external marketing efforts including strategic marketing campaigns, digital and content marketing, and brand stewardship. Her team of professionals are champions for promoting and protecting SU’s reputation as one of the pre-eminent and inclusive student-focused research universities.

ruhlandtKarin Ruhlandt

Karin Ruhlandt the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and a faculty member of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute. She has helped build the University’s Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates program into one of the largest in the nation.


Peter SalaPeter Sala Portrait

As Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer, Peter Sala oversees all operations of Syracuse University’s athletic facilities, including the Dome, as well as other campus departments including Campus Planning, Design and Construction, Business and Facilities Maintenance Services, Physical Plant, Housing and Food Services Maintenance, and Energy Systems & Sustainability Management.

David Seaman

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian David Seaman has lectured and published extensively in the fields of humanities computing and digital libraries, and teaches a summer course at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School.



Portrait of Cole SmithJ. Cole Smith

J. Cole Smith joined the College of Engineering and Computer Science as Dean in October 2019. Smith came to Syracuse from Clemson University, where he was Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives and previously served as Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering.


speaksMichael Speaks

Michael Speaks is Dean of the School of Architecture, and has published and lectured internationally on contemporary art, architecture, urban design and scenario planning. He has taught in the graphic design department at the Yale School of Art, and in the architecture programs at Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of Michigan, UCLA.

Jeff Stoecker portraitJeff Stoecker

A Peabody and Emmy award-winning journalist, Jeff Stoecker was appointed Vice President and Chief Communications Officer in April 2020. Stoecker oversees all day-to-day operations of University communications, including executive and internal communications and media relations, and provides strategic guidance, media relations expertise, crisis counsel and communications support. He also serves as the University’s primary spokesperson.

Photo of Matthew Ter MolenMatthew Ter Molen

Chief Advancement Officer and Senior Vice President Matthew Ter Molen provides counsel to the Chancellor to determine long-term expectations for a best-in-class advancement organization, including planning, timeline, allocation of resources, capacity projections and infrastructure needs.


Photo of Michael TickMichael Tick

With extensive experience in the performing arts, arts administration, teaching, fundraising and academic leadership, Michael Tick assumed the role of Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts on July 1, 2016.



Peter VanablePeter Vanable

Peter Vanable is Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School, and a professor of psychology and adjunct professor of medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Vanable served as Interim Vice President of Research from January 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.


David Van Slyke portraitDavid Van Slyke

David Van Slyke is Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy. Van Slyke is a leading international expert on public-private partnerships, public sector contracting and contract management, and policy implementation.


Photo of John WildhackJohn Wildhack

Director of Athletics John Wildhack is responsible for leading the daily operations of a 20-sport athletics department with more than 550 student-athletes in an environment that coaches, administration and staff foster for student-athletes to maximize their performance in the classroom and on the playing field to prepare them for future success.