Keith Alford was appointed Syracuse University’s first 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.
Steven Bennett is Senior Vice President for Academic Operations. 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, Syracuse University Abroad, and satellite facilities around the U.S. He also works closely with the Provost and her leadership team on planning and budgetary matters.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dara Royer is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, serving as the first leader of the newly formed Marketing and Communications Division. In this role she’s responsible for oversight of internal and external marketing efforts including media relations, strategic marketing campaigns and brand stewardship.
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.
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.
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.