The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is benefiting from the third stage of the Gerry Cramer Theory of Capital Flow, which runs: "Make it, keep it, give it away."
Gerald Cramer '52 flashes a particularly appropriate table card at the Maxwell School's 75th anniversary dinner. He made the No. 1 gift to the school that's No. 1 to him.
Cramer's $5 million commitment to Maxwell, announced at the school's 75th anniversary celebration in September, is the largest gift to Maxwell since its founding, and one of the largest gifts to the University during the Commitment to Learning campaign. "Gerry's support makes possible a broad range of activities in areas he and the school mutually identified," Maxwell Dean John L. Palmer says. "He worked with us to make sure our priorities and concerns are advanced in those areas that interest him. This also is a wonderful capstone for the Maxwell capital campaign. His gift puts us over the $50 million mark."
Cramer is a 1952 graduate of SU's School of Management and serves on the School of Architecture Advisory Board. Three of his and wife Daphna's children attended Syracuse. This past spring, the New York Metropolitan Advisory Board honored Cramer with its Big Apple Orange Award, which recognizes an alumnus's service to Syracuse and the New York City community.
Cramer's gift enables the expansion of Maxwell's international mission. The giftto be fully realized over several yearsimmediately supports two professorships in global affairs and allows the school to expand its programs and activities around the world, including development of a collaboration in Israel with the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, an institution of higher education. Margaret Hermann, professor of political science, and David Richardson, professor of economics and international relations, were named the first Gerald and Daphna Cramer Professors of Global Affairs.
Having an Israeli wife and wanting to "start something cutting edge" at Maxwell led to Cramer's investment in Maxwell's international presence. "The school in Herzliya has forged relationships with other U.S. universities, for instance the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania," Cramer says. "It was looking to pair with someone to develop its program in government and diplomacy."
For many years, Cramer also has supported Maxwell's gerontology program, and gave it another boost at the anniversary dinner. Douglas Wolf, professor of public administration, was named the first Gerald B. Cramer Professor of Aging Studies.
"Maxwell is a unique school," Cramer says. "It has a world-class reputation, but not enough money. When you have something good, you should give it some juice and make it better."
Says Palmer: "Gerry's gift is a tremendous catalyst."
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