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 Dan Bateman, Director of Development at 315-744-6711 or

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. CampbellDr. James M. Haynie Mr. F. Glenn Richardson
Ms. Mary Jo ColemanDr. Kathleen Herrman
Mr. Ernest L. Herrman
Mr. Arnold J. Rubenstein
Mrs. Libby Rubenstein
Col. Eileen M. Collins, USAF Ret
Mr. James Patrick Youngs, Jr.
Ms. Cydney Johnson '77, G'96Mr. Mark W. Ryan
Mrs. Nancy A. Ryan
Mrs. Ingrid C. Coutts
Mr. Robert B. Coutts
Mr. Wilder J. Leavitt
Ms. Mary P. Morningstar
Mr. Harold I. Steinberg
Mrs. Lana G. Steinberg
Mr. Paul M. Dottle & Family Col. John L. Litzenberger, USAF (ret)
Mrs. Barbara LitzenbergerCol. John L. Litzenberger, USAF (ret)
Mrs. Barbara Litzenberger
Dr. Melvin T. Stith
Dr. Patricia L. Stith
Mr. David J. Evangelista
Ms. Belinda G. Evangelista
Mr. Jeffrey C. Mason Dr. Barbara M. Tagg
Mr. David J. Tagg, Sr.
Dr. Anne Fantini and Maj. Gen. FantiniMr. James F. McCaffery Mr. Raymond Toenniessen G'06
Ms. Elizabeth A. FantiniLt. Col. Paul F. Meagher L'96Mr. Mark E. Westervelt
Ms. Jeanne M. Westervelt
Mr. Barry G. Flanik
Mrs. Kirsten Prebianca Flanik
The Hon. Norman A. Mordue
Mrs. Christina P. Mordue
Lt. Col. Robert C. Wright, USAF Ret.
Ms. Suzanne L. Wright
Ms. Cheryl L. Gilberg Ms. Elizabeth A. FantiniAnonymous Alumni, Parents, & Friends

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