Chancellor’s Executive Team

Mary Grace AlmandrezMary Grace Almandrez

Mary Grace A. Almandrez serves as the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. She integrates her commitment to social justice, strategic leadership and interdisciplinary approach into her work to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility across campus. Her professional career reflects a breadth and depth of higher education experiences, including organizational development, student affairs, policies and procedures, recruitment and retention, campus climate, crisis management, education and training, curriculum and pedagogy, and program assessment and evaluation.


Steve Bennett, Senior Vice President for Academic OperationsSteven Bennett

Steven Bennett joined the University as Senior Vice President for Academic Operations in 2017. He also serves as Chief of Staff in the Office of Academic Affairs, overseeing academic operations for administrative units that report to the Office of the Provost, including Syracuse Abroad and satellite facilities around the U.S. and the globe. He works closely with the Provost and their leadership team on academic unit budgeting, personnel management, communications, advancement and strategic planning.


Guilherme CostaGuilherme Costa

Guilherme Costa was named Interim Senior Vice President and University Secretary, effective January 1, 2022.  Costa heads the office of the Board of Trustees, which is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the activities of the Board and its various committees to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the University’s system of governance. Before his appointment, Costa served as Senior Associate Vice President and Deputy University Secretary at Syracuse University.


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.


Allen Groves

Allen Groves is the Senior Vice President and Chief Student Experience Officer for the University. He leads a team of experienced professionals who are responsible for student-facing services and support spanning the outside-of-the-classroom experience. This includes the areas of student living, involvement, cultural centers, health and wellness, and success, all working toward the goal of creating an unsurpassed experience for every student.


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, Haynie 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.


Brian KonkolBrian Konkol, Dean of Hendricks Chapel

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.


Brett Padgett

Brett Padgett

Brett Padgett serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He oversees the financial well-being of Syracuse University, working closely with Chancellor Syverud to proactively position the University to navigate a dynamic financial landscape, optimize resources and investments, and align the budget model in support of the University’s core mission of academic excellence. Padgett is responsible for leadership of the finance and administration functions, including campus facilities, comptroller’s office, institutional risk and audit, budget and planning, treasury, and real estate.


Gretchen Ritter

Gretchen Ritter

Gretchen Ritter is the Vice Chancellor, Provost and Chief Academic Officer. She joined Syracuse University in October, 2021 from the Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences, where she was executive dean and vice provost. In that position, she led Ohio State’s largest college, which is home to 38 academic departments and schools and more than 20 centers and institutes.


Dara Royer portraitDara Royer

Dara Royer is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. In this role she’s responsible for oversight of marketing efforts, including strategic marketing campaigns, digital and content marketing, and brand stewardship as has been recognized with an ICON Award in 2021 and 2022 as a Top 50 Marketer in the country.


Peter Sala

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.


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.


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.


John 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.