Syracuse University Magazine

The Journey Continues

Brian SpectorWho would have thought when I visited campus almost nine years ago with my wife, son, and daughter (Class of 2008), that one day I would represent all of our alumni as president of the Syracuse University Alumni Association (SUAA) and before the Board of Trustees. Or that someone like me—a Whitman School graduate who wrote his honors thesis on SU’s marketing strategies in admissions, fund-raising activities, parents programs, and alumni affairs—would have an opportunity to become so passionately involved in all of these areas. Or that my SU “hobby” would turn into a special way for me to connect with alumni around the world.

Following my family’s visit to SU in 2002, I re-established the Northern New Jersey Alumni Club, and, in 2005, joined the national alumni board. I’m also an alumni admissions representative and served with my wife, Beth, on the national parents board. However, my deepest passion has been to promote a culture of philanthropy, both personally and among alumni. As chair of the SUAA’s new philanthropy committee, I worked with development staff to launch the Generation Orange initiative, which seeks to engage Syracuse University graduates from the past 10 years, and also to reach out to alumni clubs around the country.

My journey continues as SUAA president, a position I take very seriously. I hope to be a bridge for those of you who want to reconnect with SU like I did.  I also want to be a resource for important information about SU so you can stay informed. In fact, I recently launched a monthly president’s blog, where you can read about my unique perspective on all things Orange.

I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to SUAA past president Larry Bashe ’66, G’68, who was not only a great leader and mentor, but also became a close friend, and to the dedicated alumni relations and development staffs who support our efforts. We are all better because of their commitment to SU’s alumni. I also look forward to working with our board of dedicated alumni volunteers who have unselfishly and consistently given to SU of their time, talent, and treasure.

Where will this journey take us?  Check out my blog or drop me a line with your thoughts and ideas.  All I can say is hold on and enjoy the ride!

Brian Spector '78

President, Syracuse University Alumni Association