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Amir Rahnamay-Azar to Step Down as SVP and CFO; Conclude Tenure at Syracuse University
After providing critical leadership that helped Syracuse University navigate challenges presented by the global pandemic, Amir Rahnamay-Azar has announced he will step down from his role as senior vice president (SVP) for business, finance and administrative services (BFAS) and chief financial officer (CFO). As SVP and CFO, Rahnamay-Azar advanced several strategic priorities and initiatives, including the Campus Framework and Invest Syracuse, and stewarded the University’s finances during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rahnamay-Azar was most recently the recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence for his stewardship of Syracuse University’s finances during the pandemic last year.
Rahnamay-Azar joined Syracuse University in February 2017 and shortly thereafter launched the Orange Standard, BFAS’ strategic plan, which set out to align core campus administrative processes with Syracuse University’s mission and vision. As part of that plan, Rahnamay-Azar and his team completed a review and evaluation of energy assets; implemented enhancements to the enterprise risk management program; established and executed real estate strategy, including the evaluation of student housing; advanced initiatives geared toward improving the campus experience; and committed to strategically stewarding the University’s financial resources.
During his time at the University, Rahnamay-Azar oversaw nearly $300 million in capital projects supporting the Campus Framework. Several mission critical construction projects have been completed, including the transformations of the Stadium, Barnes Center at The Arch and, most recently, the Schine Student Center, and building and opening the National Veterans Resource Center at the Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building. With his guidance, the University also made significant investments in classroom technology, accessibility enhancements throughout campus and residence hall upgrades.
Rahnamay-Azar also oversaw the review of the Steam Station, which ultimately resulted in transitioning all operations to Enwave Energy, now CenTrio, and played a key role in Invest Syracuse: Advancing Academic Excellence and the Student Experience, a $100 million, three-pronged strategy to redefine the student experience, advance discovery and innovation and expand opportunity for students of promise and talent from across the socioeconomic spectrum.
Rahnamay-Azar extends his gratitude to his team for their extraordinary achievements during very challenging times. “Their achievements position the University for a successful future,” says Rahnamay-Azar.