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Four new trustees elected during Board’s annual meeting
Four individuals were elected voting members of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees during the Board’s annual meeting, held during Commencement weekend. Also, six trustees were granted emeritus status.
The new trustees are Lee N. Blatt ’51, Lola Lipsett Goldring ’51, Robert J. Miron ’59 and Judith Halpern Seinfeld ’56. Additionally, the following trustees were re-elected to four-year terms as voting trustees: Steven W. Ballentine ’83, John A. Couri ’63, Daryl R. Forsythe ’65, G’79 (organization trustee), Steve Kroft ’67, Marvin K. Lender ’63, Eric Mower ’66, G’68 (alumni trustee) and Milton F. Stevenson III ’53 (organization trustee).
Six trustees completed their terms as voting trustees and were named emeritus trustees. The trustees and their years of service to the Board are Renee Schine Crown ’50, H ’84 (32 years); Richard Dulude ’54 (17 years) Theodore E. Martin ’61 (six years); Henry A. Panasci Jr.(19 years); Alvin I. Schragis ’51 (16 years) and Chester P. Soling ’54 (19 years).
Five emeritus trustees elected to retire from Board service. The trustees and their years of service to the Board are Louis F. Bantle ’51, H ’95 (22 years); Donald S. MacNaughton ’39, LAW ’48, H ’78 (37 years); Margot Northrup (24 years); Joseph Swarthout ’41 (28 years); and J. Robert Tomlinson ’41 (36 years).
The Board honored several members who are completing various terms. Wendy H. Cohen ’70, H ’02, completed her term as chair of the student affairs committee and a member of the executive committee. Gerald B. Cramer ’52 completed his term as the chair of the board organization and nominating committee (BONC). William J. Smith ’50, completed his term as chair of the budget committee. Edward S. Green ’47, LAW ’60 completed his term as chair of the facilities committee.
Also, Tarky J. Lombardi Jr. ’51, LAW ’54, H ’87 completed his term as chair of the institutional advancement committee. Eric Mower ’66, G’68 completed his term as chair of the academic affairs committee. Richard C. Pietrafasa ’50 completed his term as chair of the administrative operations committee. Susan C. Penny ’70, completed her term as chair of the investment and endowment committee, and her terms as vice chair of the board, member of the executive committee and of the BONC committee.
Additionally, Richard Dulude and Henry Panasci Jr. completed terms on the executive committee.
Board officers elected for 2002-03 are Joseph O. Lampe ’53, LAW ’55 (chair); Wendy H. Cohen (vice chair); Gerald B. Cramer (vice chair); Edward S. Green (vice chair); Daniel N. Mezzalingua ’60 (vice chair) and Eleanor Ware (secretary to the board).
New committee chairs elected include John A. Couri (budget); Eric Mower (facilities); Gerald B. Cramer (investment and endowment); William E. Davis (academic affairs): Michael Dritz ’59 (administrative operations); Deborah J. Fritsche ’74 (student affairs) and Joyce Hergenhan ’63 (institutional advancement).
Blatt, a graduate of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) is founder and chairman of Herley Industries Inc. in Lancaster, Pa. He is a member of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) Advisory Board and received the Dean’s Outstanding Alumnus Award from ECS in 2001.
He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary society, the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary society and the Independent Men’s Association. He is also a member of the Society of Fellows, the Chancellor’s Council and the Dave Bing Club. He is a major donor to the Carter Center in Atlanta.
Goldring, who graduated with a degree in speech and dramatic arts, was formerly a teacher in the Great Neck School District on Long Island. She is currently is vice-president of the Joseph G. Goldring Foundation. She and her husband, Allen, chairman of Military Car Sales, have supported numerous organizations, including the New Museum of Contemporary Arts, New York University Medical Center and the New York Public Library.
She has served as an SU alumni admissions representative and is a member of the Society of Fellows.
Miron, a graduate of the School of Management and a LetterWinner of Distinction in men’s crew, is considered a pioneer in the cable television industry. He is president of Advance/Newhouse Communications in Syracuse, the Newhouse family business, which he joined in 1959. He has served as a director with the National Cable Television Association since 1983 and on numerous cable television committees and boards. He received the President’s Award from the National Cable Television Association in 1990, the Vanguard Award for Leadership from the National Cable Television Association in 1991 and the President’s Award from the Cable Television Public Affairs Association in 1995.
At SU, he is a member of the Newhouse Advisory Board, a past member of the Athletic Policy Board and past president of the Varsity Club. He has served as a panelist for a Newhouse-sponsored program at the Museum of Radio and Television in New York City and is a member of the Society of Fellows and the Chancellor’s Council. He is also involved in numerous civic and philanthropic interests.
Seinfeld, a graduate of the School of Education, is president of Heritage Management Co. in Ridgewood, N.J. She is a past principal and senior vice president for sales in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada with Balenciaga Perfumes International. She is also founder and past president of the Judith Greenberg Gallery, a jewelry design company that produced and sold designs through art galleries in the 1970s and 1980s, and is a former teacher and assistant principal.
She is a member of the regional board of directors for Valley National Bank in Wayne, N.J., a trustee of Nantucket Cottage Hospital, a member of the Historical District Committee for the Borough of Saddle River, N.J. and was a director for the Small Press Center of the New York Public Library in 1995.
At SU, she is a member of the School of Education Advisory Board, the Society of Fellows and the Chancellor’s Council. She established the Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Prize Fund for Creative Teaching.
In other business, the Board:
- Approved the proposed budget for 2002-03, the conferring of student degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, the granting of the “emeritus” title to retiring faculty, the promotion of faculty and the recommendations of the academic affairs committee for awarding tenure;
- Heard reports from the investment and endowment, facilities and institutional advancement committees and from student representatives Shawn C. Hardie (Student Association representative) and Francine J. Carter (Graduate Student Organization representative); and
- Heard a presentation by Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah A. Freund and Elizabeth Liddy, professor in the School of Information Studies and chair of the Information Management and Technology SPIRE committee, on “The Vice Chancellor and Provost’s Academic Plan: A Progress Report on the Information Management and Technology SPIRE.”