Vintage photo of military students walking with flagsChancellor TolleySyracuse University’s seventh Chancellor, William P. Tolley, had a strategic vision that would redefine the University. By opening the doors to any returning service member who aspired to receive a college education, he effectively ignited the spark for unprecedented growth.

Within two years, campus enrollment tripled. His vision helped transform Syracuse University into one of the largest private universities in the nation, while creating many military-connected programs that endure across campus.

Flash forward 70 years and Chancellor Kent Syverud also has a compelling vision. During his 2014 inaugural speech, he announced that one of his four strategic priorities was to “once again make Syracuse University the best place for veterans.” The University is now dedicated to becoming the national exemplar by providing opportunity and empowering our nation’s veterans and their families.


The Leadership Circle is comprised of a powerful group of supporters who provide unrestricted operating funds essential to our mission and help shape the future of Syracuse University’s veteran and military-connected students and employees.

Members make a gift of at least $2,500 per year to the Veteran Legacy Fund.

See below for example:

Jane Donor wishes to join the Veteran Legacy Fund Leadership Circle with a gift of $2,500 per year. Upon navigating to the giving page, she sees that she can set up scheduled payments and enters in a total gift amount of $2,500. Based on her preference, she opts to make monthly installments of $208.33 for a total of 12 months.

*Payments can be made:  Lump Sum  ||  Monthly  ||  Quarterly  ||  Semiannually  ||  Annually

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For questions please contact Sarah Russel, Director of Development at srusse02@syr.edu.

Current Leadership Circle Members

To all of our current members, thank you for your generous support and leadership.

Mr. William B. BarnesMaj. Harold B. Gilbert, USAF, Ret.
Mrs. Mary Gilbert
Col. Dr. Lawrence Myers, Jr., USA, Ret*
Mr. Michael F. Bocketti
Mrs. Donna Marie Bocketti
CSM Gary I. Ginsburg, USA, Ret. The Novack Family
Maj. Timothy P. Brady USA, Ret.
Ms. Bernadette H. Brady
Mr. John W. Golden, Jr.
Mrs. Gloria K. Golden
Mr. Malcolm D. Patel
Mrs. Kristen H. Patel
Col. David E. Bronner Jr., USA, Ret.
Mrs. Angelika K. Bronner
Mr. Patrick B. Gregory, USN Ret.Dr. Mark Pollitt
Ms. Jane B. Pollitt
Mr. George T. Bruckman Mr. Millard Hall Jr.
Mrs. Lynette Hall
Mr. Kenneth L. Quaglio
Ms. Valerie H. Quaglio
Ms. Carol A. CampbellMr. John H. Hartman
Mrs. Carol D. Hartman
Mr. F. Glenn Richardson
Ms. Mary Jo ColemanDr. James M. Haynie Mr. Mark W. Ryan*
Mrs. Nancy A. Ryan
Col. Eileen M. Collins, USAF Ret
Mr. James Patrick Youngs, Jr.
Dr. Kathleen Herrman
Mr. Ernest L. Herrman
Mr. Harold I. Steinberg
Mrs. Lana G. Steinberg
Mrs. Ingrid C. Coutts
Mr. Robert B. Coutts
Ms. Cydney Johnson '77, G'96Dr. Melvin T. Stith
Dr. Patricia L. Stith
Mr. Paul M. Dottle & Family Mr. Wilder J. Leavitt
Dr. Barbara M. Tagg
Mr. David J. Tagg, Sr.
Mr. David J. Evangelista
Ms. Belinda G. Evangelista
Col. John L. Litzenberger, USAF, Ret.
Mrs. Barbara Litzenberger
Mr. Raymond Toenniessen G'06
Mr. Victor A. Eyo
Sharon A. McFayden-Eyo, M.D.
Mr. Jeffrey C. Mason Mr. Mark E. Westervelt
Ms. Jeanne M. Westervelt
Dr. Anne Fantini
Maj. Gen. Fantini
Mr. James F. McCaffery Mrs. Maureen Wilkin
Mr. Michael J. Wilkin
Ms. Elizabeth A. FantiniLt. Col. Paul F. Meagher L'96Lt. Col. Robert C. Wright, USAF Ret.
Ms. Suzanne L. Wright
Mr. Barry G. Flanik
Mrs. Kirsten Prebianca Flanik
The Hon. Norman A. Mordue
Mrs. Christina P. Mordue
Anonymous Alumni, Parents, & Friends
Ms. Cheryl L. Gilberg Ms. Mary P. Morningstar
*Deceased

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