Syracuse University Magazine

Larry Seivert

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Campus Leader

When Larry Seivert ’10 arrived at Syracuse University as a first-year student, he swore he would stay away from student government. After three years of serving as high school class president in Orchard Park, New York, Seivert wanted a break. “I got here and I said, ‘No, I am not going to devote my life to student government. I’m going to make sure I put my academic success first,’” he says. “And by the second week, I had joined Student Association [SA].” After attending his first meeting of SU’s student governing body, which lasted more than three hours, Seivert wanted more. He became a cabinet member the following semester, and by January of his junior year, he had been elected president.

Seivert’s participation in SA meant more to him than a line on his resume. “I kept loving it,” he says. “It was such a demanding job, but it was an opportunity to really see what this University does and how it can act for its students.” During his year in office, he worked to ensure that SA gave students a voice in University decision-making, inviting their input on SA issues in town hall meetings and one-on-one conversations. “The joy I really had in this job was working with so many other students—some of the best and brightest on this campus,” says Seivert, who also served as a student representative on the SU Board of Trustees. Under Seivert’s leadership, the association added study space in the Schine Student Center, organized fan buses for out-of-town athletic events, increased dining hall hours, and provided free shuttle buses to the airport and transportation center to help students get home for Thanksgiving break. 

As Seivert’s term ended in December, he looked forward to having time to bike, run, and read up on business news. He remains involved in campus activities as a member of the Delta Sigma Pi professional fraternity and Phi Kappa Alpha men’s honorary fraternity, and as a resident advisor in Brewster Hall. “Being an RA allows me to gain perspectives from students who are not in my class year,” he says. “They have their own interests and issues. Helping them work through the challenges they face helps me work through my own challenges.” 

Seivert will graduate in May from the Whitman School with a degree in finance and supply chain management and start a full-time job with General Electric’s Financial Management Program in July. He doubts he’ll keep away from community service for long, though. “I don’t really enjoy the politics of things,” he says. “I just like representing people and making sure that we’re making the right decisions.” 

Seivert says he will leave SU with true friendships and a strong sense of pride in his college experience. “I’ve learned how to collaborate with people with many different views,” he says. “It has really allowed me to grow by giving me an understanding of how to work with a team that is achieving so many different goals.”

 —Tory Marlin