Ware, Wells named SU senior vice presidents
Two vice presidents at Syracuse University have been designated as senior vice presidents by Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. As of July 1, Eleanor Ware is senior vice president for human services and government relations, and Barry L. Wells is senior vice president and dean of student affairs.
Ware was formerly vice president for human services and government relations, and Wells was vice president for student affairs and dean of student relations.
“The new titles are acknowledgements of their extraordinary contributions to the institution,” says Chancellor Shaw. “I am very pleased to recognize them in this way.”
Ware has been with the University since 1978. As vice president for human services and government relations, she is responsible for the areas of Human Resources, Public Safety, Government and Community Relations, Hendricks Chapel, and Archives and Records Management. She also serves as secretary to the University’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and the University Senate.
Through her various departments, Ware has been involved in establishing numerous new programs providing improved staff services (new benefits programs; a new classification, compensation and performance partnership program; and the PeopleServices human resources system) and community relations (the University-Community Partnership and Neighborhood Patrol Initiative, and enhanced powers for Public Safety officers).
Prior to her appointment as vice president, she held the combined position of executive assistant to the Chancellor, executive director for government relations and secretary to the Board of Trustees. Before moving to Syracuse in 1976, she was a state-certified teacher specializing in early childhood education in the New York City school system.
She received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Queens College-CUNY in 1960, where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a M.B.A. at SU in 1985 from and pursued postgraduate work at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management in 1988.
Wells joined the University in 1976 after beginning his administrative career in the Educational Opportunity Program at Ithaca College in 1975. As vice president for student affairs and dean of student relations, he serves as the senior student affairs officer responsible for oversight of the 23 departments within the Division of Student Affairs. Those departments work with students, faculty and staff to promote citizenship, community, diversity, leadership, personal growth and individual well-being. He also serves as chair of the Chancellor’s Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention and Campus Security, and is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and the University Senate.
He has been involved in establishing and developing several award-winning programs and services, including the University’s 12-Point Plan for Substance Abuse Prevention and Health Enhancement, which received national recognition by being named a “Model Program” by the U.S. Department of Education in June 2000 and an “Exemplary Program” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for 1999. Wells has also taught courses in the University’s Honors Program and in The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S).
Prior to becoming vice president and dean in December 1995, Wells held several positions within the University, including interim vice president and dean, associate dean of A&S, assistant dean and director of Academic Advising and Counseling Services in A&S, associate director of financial aid, assistant director for student services for minority affairs and coordinator for minority affairs.>
Wells has written and spoken widely on a range of topics, including leadership, academic advising, student retention, academic integrity and diversity in higher education.
A 1973 graduate of St. John’s University, Wells later studied at Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Research Center and earned a certificate from the Management Development Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.