It’s fitting that one of the final gifts of 1999 came from Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts William Fleming to fund a new position in the Department of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. That endowment in support of faculty—the third Fleming has funded in the course of the campaign—mirrors the commitments displayed at the campaign’s outset. When Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw publicly announced the campaign at the University’s 125th anniversary gala on June 3, 1995, he also announced the first three Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorships of Teaching Excellence—aimed at enhancing undergraduate education—and full funding for the William P. Tolley Teaching Professorship in the Humanities.
      Faculty support has been a priority throughout the campaign, and the last year of the campaign promises an even greater focus on faculty.
      An anonymous gift of $1 million a year for the next 10 years is among several newly announced allocations for faculty. The Trustees Professorships Program will support 20 to 30 professors, according to Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah Freund. Funds from the annual gift will be given along with a professor’s salary to support such faculty needs as research, a summer stipend, or travel. “Our trustees are delighted with this initiative,” says Joseph O. Lampe, chair of the SU Board of Trustees. “It’s the beginning of our offering incentives that can attract and retain this nation’s and the world’s best faculty.”
      Some schools and colleges have already taken steps to provide additional incentives to outstanding faculty, and plans call for creating more programs like the Meredith Professorships. “Every institution has faculty it considers stars,” Freund says. “Here, those would be fantastic scholars who are also outstanding in the classroom. Once those people are tenured, however, they’re frequently picked off by Ivy League schools. To continue as a great institution—a place where the value of your degree grows stronger over the decades—we have to hold onto what makes us great.”

John C. Allen, executive director of University Relations for New York City, will retire on June 30.
      Allen has served the University in various capacities for the past 18 years, most notably as director of the $15.5 million fund-raising campaign for the Schine Student Center and the $160 million Campaign for Syracuse, and more recently as manager of SU’s Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City.
      Allen was senior director of development from 1982-85, before being promoted to executive director of development.
      In 1993, Allen was named executive director of University Relations for New York City. He and his staff at Lubin House maintain SU’s base of operations in Manhattan and support the University’s development, programming, and admissions efforts in the New York area. “John has done a terrific job making Lubin House feel like home for University people doing business in New York City,” says Lansing G. Baker, senior vice president for University Relations. “He has been a valued member of our University Relations team and an outstanding development officer. We will certainly miss him.”

Since the start of the campaign, more than $60 million in pledges and donations has been earmarked by donors for scholarships and financial aid. The campaign began soon after the University created Chancellor’s and Dean’s scholarships—merit awards for incoming first-year students. Last year, SU established another level of merit-based support, the Founder’s Scholarship, providing $10,000 annually to deserving undergraduates.
      Many donors have made major gifts to endowed scholarships, which support students for generations to come. Thus far, the campaign has witnessed the establishment of 68 such scholarships, named in honor of donors, donor family members, and notable alumni.
      One portion of the push for scholarships is the Student Athlete Fund, which has raised $16.3 million for student athlete scholarships and academic support. Our Time Has Come, another part of the campaign, is close to reaching its $2.2 million goal for scholarships in support of African American and Latino students.

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