Board of Trustees Selects Two New Members: Patrick Ahearn, Michael Tirico
Syracuse University is pleased to announce the election of two new members to the University’s Board of Trustees, Patrick J. Ahearn G’73 and Michael T. Tirico ’88. Ahearn and Tirico were elected at the Board’s November meeting.
“We are excited that Patrick and Mike will join the Syracuse University Board of Trustees during this critical and exciting time for the University,” says Steven W. Barnes ’82, chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees. “Their knowledge, insights and unique experiences will assist us as we work to move the University forward.”
Ahearn, who earned a bachelor of architecture degree and a master of architecture in urban design from the School of Architecture, is the president/principal of Patrick Ahearn Architect, an architectural practice with offices in Boston and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. With a specialty in high-end, historically motivated architecture and interior design, his firm is focused primarily on residential architecture, reflecting classic styles. Projects include master planning, new construction, historic renovation and restoration.
Prior to studying at Syracuse, Ahearn earned a B.S. in architectural technology at the New York Institute of Technology and an A.A.S. in construction technology at SUNY Farmingdale. Early in his career, he was with firms in Boston and Cambridge, including the Architects Collaborative. Ahearn was inducted into the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects in 2015.
In 2013, Ahearn was honored with the School of Architecture’s Outstanding Alumnus Award. He serves on the School of Architecture Advisory Committee and on the Boston Regional Council. A member of the Benefactor and Visionary Gift Clubs, Ahearn supports the School of Architecture. He’s also an active philanthropist on Martha’s Vineyard; he supports the island’s museum, as well as local conservation efforts. Among their six children combined, Ahearn and his wife, Marsha Mills Ahearn, have a foster son, Mohinder “Mike” Vivo Amore ’16, who is a student in the Whitman School of Management.
Tirico is one of the most recognizable faces and voices of ESPN, where he has handled a variety of assignments for ESPN/ESPN Radio and ABC sports since 1991. In 2006, he assumed the role of ESPN’s Monday Night Football play-by-play commentator. Tirico’s other assignments include play-by-play and hosting assignment for NBA, college basketball, golf, tennis and other major events. He previously aired “The Mike Tirico Show” on ESPN Radio, a nationally syndicated sports news and discussion program launched in 2007 from the studios of WAER-AM—the same Central New York public radio station at Syracuse University where Tirico began his broadcasting career.
Tirico earned bachelor’s degrees in political science from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He remains connected to Syracuse through his work with the Newhouse Advisory Board, the Sport Management Advisory Council and the Athletics Advisory Board.
Named Outstanding Young Alumnus in 1996, Tirico received the Arents Pioneer Medal in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding career in sports broadcasting. A member of the Visionary and Benefactor Gift Clubs, Tirico supports the Newhouse School’s Sports Communications program, the Sport Management program in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, WAER and Athletics. He and his wife, Deborah (Gibaratz) Tirico ’89 (Whitman), live in Ann Arbor, Mich., with their two children.
Chancellor Kent Syverud says, “Patrick and Mike share a deep love for Syracuse University and are dedicated to seeing the University excel and thrive. I look forward to harnessing their collective passion and energy to further achieve the University’s vision.”