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.

Choose Your 5-Year Membership Level

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 $1,000 per year for a minimum of five years, which equates to a total pledge of $5,000 to the Veteran Legacy Fund.

Annual Giving Levels

  • Members:  $1,000 per year + (up to $4999)
  • Associates:   $5,000 per year  + (up to $9999)
  • Patrons:   $10,000 per year + (up to $24999)
  • Cornerstone:  $25,000 per year +

See below for example:

Jane Donor wishes to join the Veteran Legacy Fund Leadership Circle at the starting Member Level of $1,000 per year for five years ($5,000).  Upon navigating to the giving page, she sees that she can set up scheduled payments and enters in a total gift amount of $5,000.  Based on her preference, she opts to make monthly installments of $83.33 for a total of 60 months, or five years.

*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. Barnes CSM Gary I. Ginsburg, USA, Ret. The Novack Family
Mr. Michael F. Bocketti & Mrs. Donna Marie BockettiMr. John W. Golden, Jr. & Mrs. Gloria K. GoldenMr. Malcolm D. Patel & Mrs. Kristen H. Patel
Col. David E. Bronner Jr., USA, Ret. & Mrs. Angelika K. BronnerMr. Millard Hall Jr. & Mrs. Lynette HallDr. Mark Pollitt & Ms. Jane B. Pollitt
Mr. George T. Bruckman Dr. James M. Haynie Mr. Kenneth L. Quaglio & Ms. Valerie H. Quaglio
Ms. Carol A. CampbellDr. Kathleen Herrman & Mr. Ernest L. HerrmanMr. F. Glenn Richardson
Ms. Mary Jo ColemanMs. Cydney Johnson '77, G'96Mr. Arnold J. Rubenstein & Mrs. Libby Rubenstein
Col. Eileen M. Collins, USAF Ret. & Mr. James Patrick Youngs, Jr.Mr. Wilder J. Leavitt & Ms. Mary P. MorningstarMr. Mark W. Ryan & Mrs. Nancy A. Ryan
Mrs. Ingrid C. Coutts & Mr. Robert B. CouttsCol. John L. Litzenberger, USAF (ret) & Mrs. Barbara LitzenbergerMr. Harold I. Steinberg & Mrs. Lana G. Steinberg
Mr. Paul M. Dottle & Family Mr. Jeffrey C. Mason Dr. Melvin T. Stith & Dr. Patricia L. Stith
Mr. David J. Evangelista & Ms. Belinda G. EvangelistaMr. James F. McCaffery Dr. Barbara M. Tagg & Mr. David J. Tagg, Sr.
Mr. Barry G. Flanik & Mrs. Kirsten Prebianca FlanikLt. Col. Paul F. Meagher L'96Mr. Raymond Toenniessen G'06
Ms. Cheryl L. Gilberg The Hon. Norman A. Mordue & Mrs. Christina P. MordueMr. Mark E. Westervelt & Ms. Jeanne M. Westervelt
Maj. Harold B. Gilbert, USAF, Ret. & Mrs. Mary GilbertMr. James E. Morley, Jr. & Mrs. Elizabeth MorleyLt. Col. Robert C. Wright, USAF Ret. & Ms. Suzanne L. Wright
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