Chancellors’ Support

Syracuse University has a long history of Chancellors giving their full support to veteran education dating back almost a hundred years.

See the full history of Syracuse University supporting veterans by reading the University’s entire timeline here.

Chancellor William P. Tolley helped draft the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, known today as the G.I. Bill®. Chancellor Tolley informed veterans coming home from World War II that Syracuse University was ready to receive them and provide the education they had earned. Tolly promised everyone entering the service that there would be places waiting for them at Syracuse when they returned and he kept his word. SU ranked first in New York State and 17th in the country in veteran enrollment.

Chancellor Kent Syverud, the current chancellor of Syracuse University, stated in his 2014 inaugural address, “I believe Syracuse University must once again become the best place for veterans. We have the capacity and we have the opportunity to be the best in the world at providing opportunity and empowerment to the veterans of our armed forces and their families.”

Vice Chancellor J. Michael Haynie has been charged with accomplishing the goal set by chancellor Syverud for Syracuse University to become “the best place for veterans.” Leading this charge Vice Chancellor Haynie launched the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), the nation’s first, interdisciplinary academic institute focused on veterans and their families. Today the IVMF impacts more than 35,000 veterans and family members annually.

You can see how Syracuse University has supported veterans for a hundred years by seeing the full history but it there is no understatement in declaring SU is “the best place for veterans” and will continue to be so.