Syracuse University Magazine



New Deans Appointed

The University has announced the appointment of three new deans: Craig M. Boise has been named dean of the College of Law, Michael S. Tick has been selected to lead the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and David Van Slyke has been appointed dean of the Maxwell School. All three started their new roles on July 1.

Boise joins the SU community from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, which under his deanship since July 2011 made significant gains in academic programs, national rankings, and fundraising. He previously taught at law schools at DePaul, Case Western Reserve, and Washington & Lee. He earned an LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University School of Law and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School. His appointment marks the conclusion of William Banks’s tenure as interim dean of the College of Law. Banks will reassume his posts as the Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor of Law and founding director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.

Tick arrives from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, where he had served since 2010 as dean of the College of Fine Arts. Prior to his tenure at Kentucky, Tick spent 11 years at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, as chair of the Department of Theatre and artistic director of Swine Palace, LSU’s professional equity theater. Tick, who has taught and directed at several other colleges and universities, holds a master’s degree in performance studies from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. degree in theatre from New York University. He takes over for Dean Emeritus Ann Clarke, who had served as VPA’s dean since 2008. After a one-year research leave, she will return to the faculty in 2017.

Van Slyke, who joined the Maxwell faculty in 2004, most recently served as associate dean and chair of the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs. He holds the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy, focusing on public and nonprofit management, government contracting, public-private partnerships, policy implementation and strategic management. The recipient of numerous academic and teaching awards, he is author of the award-winning book Complex Contracting: Government Purchasing in the Wake of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He holds a Ph.D. degree in public administration and policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY. Van Slyke succeeds Dean James Steinberg, who had served as dean since 2011 and will continue to teach at Maxwell as University Professor of social science, international affairs, and law.

Alumni Honored with Tony Awards

Three Syracuse alumni were recognized with 2016 Tony Awards for their work on Broadway performances.
Frank Langella ’59 was awarded a Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for The Father. David Rockwell ’79 received a Tony for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for She Loves Me. Daryl Roth ’66 was a producer for The Humans, which netted four Tonys, including Best Play, and Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, which won Best Revival of a Play and Best Direction of a Play.


Richard M. Alexander L’82, Neil A. Gold ’70, and Deborah (Gluckman) Leone ’86, G’87 have been elected as members of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees. In addition, Steven W. Ballentine ’83 was re-elected as a voting Trustee after serving the last six years as a Life Trustee and the previous 12 years as a voting Trustee.

Alexander is chairman and partner, financial services practice group, at the international law firm Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C. Gold is retired former co-owner of Gold Pure Food Products and lives in the Syracuse area. Leone is director of internal audit at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Ballentine is president and CEO of Ballentine Capital Management Inc., an investment management firm he founded in 1989.


Biology major Jessica Toothaker ’17 was named a 2016 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Chosen as Goldwater Honorable Mentions were Jordan Barrett ’18, a math and physics major; Snigdha Chatterjee ’17, a biotechnology and biophysical science major, and Geoffrey Vaartstra ’17, a mechanical engineering major. Chatterjee was also awarded a travel grant and a summer undergraduate research fellowship by the American Society of Plant Biology. She was the only undergraduate in the nation to receive the society’s travel grant, which allowed her to attend the society’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas, in July and present her research on plant defense systems.


Professor Tomas Skwarnicki and doctoral student Thomas Britton G’16, both members of the Experimental High-Energy Physics Group at SU and the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) collaboration at the CERN science laboratory in Switzerland, confirmed the existence of a tetraquark candidate, as well as three other exotic particles with higher masses. A tetraquark, a particle made of four quarks (two quarks and two antiquarks), is considered exotic because it has more than the usual two or three quarks. The four discovered particles were the subject of Britton’s Ph.D. dissertation and submitted, on behalf of the LHCb collaboration, as a journal article to Physical Review Letters (American Physical Society).


Philosophy professor Samuel Gorovitz received an honorary doctor of science degree from SUNY at the SUNY Upstate Medical University’s 2016 Commencement. He was recognized for his work at the interface of science and philosophy, his role in establishing the field of biomedical ethics, and his longtime engagement in challenging biomedical issues.