Chancellor Syverud


Upon Inaugural address, charges that Syracuse University must once again become the best place for veterans

On July 1, 2014, Syracuse University Chancellor and President Kent Syverud announced the formation of a new leadership position to oversee the development and expansion of programming for veterans and the military. J. Michael Haynie, the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management, was appointed to the additional role of Vice Chancellor for Veteran and Military Affairs.

Within the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, Syverud has charged Haynie to draw upon his accomplishments and proven track record of serving the educational needs of veterans and their families to inform the University’s future direction in the areas of veterans research, teaching and service.

“Syracuse University embraced veterans when almost all of our peers turned their back on them at the end of World War II,” says Chancellor Syverud. “As Executive Director of the IVMF, Mike Haynie has taken the University’s celebrated past and built the best research and service institute available to the veterans of our armed forces and their families. I believe Syracuse University must once again become the best place for veterans.”

“I’m honored by Chancellor Syverud’s appointment. I truly believe that we are at the precipice of something very special at Syracuse University,” says Haynie. “I’m excited about the ways that this unprecedented commitment to veterans and the military will elevate the University and the IVMF and most importantly serve to motivate action and change related to the role of higher education as an engine of opportunity for the nation’s veterans and their families.”