The former chairman of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees exemplifies an unwavering commitment to the University's success.
pon meeting H. Douglas Barclay G'61 for the first time, you might expect to find him ensconced in the trappings of power. After all, this is a man who, as a Republican New York State senator for 20 years, helped create the toughest drug laws in the country, reorganize the state's court system, and rescue New York City from bankruptcy. He also served as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and vice-chairman of George Bush's 1988 New York State presidential campaign. |
And that's just his political career. Barclay the businessman battled the legendary Thomas Melon Evans for control of Syracuse Supply Corporationand won. As general counsel and a director of KeyCorp, he helped Key Bank become one of the nation's top financial institutions. In 1990, President Bush appointed Barclay to the board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a federal agency that helped U.S. companies set up joint ventures in developing countries. As chairman of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, he has guided the institution to new heights, and as Metropolitan Development Association president, he works to transform the Central New York economy. He does all this while practicing law at his firm, Hiscock & Barclay. And in his free time, Barclay and his wife, DeeDee, host friends and family at their home in Pulaski, New York.
Knowing all this, you enter the Hiscock & Barclay offices on the third floor of Financial Plaza in downtown Syracuse expecting to find Barclay in a gigantic corner office seated behind a polished mahogany desk and surrounded by plaques, certificates, and photos of the countless power brokers he has known. You expect that the rugs will be imported, the furniture expensive, and he will be far too busy to spend more than a few minutes with you.
And you find that you are very, very wrong.