As Syracuse University continues to implement the bold ideas outlined in the Academic Strategic Plan and Campus Framework, Bea González, a key member of Chancellor Kent Syverud’s executive team, has taken on a new expanded portfolio.
González is now responsible for leading and advancing the University’s community investment efforts, following the approval of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee at its last meeting. González continues as a special assistant to the Chancellor and liaison to the Posse Foundation Scholarship Program. To accommodate her expanded role, however, González stepped down as dean of University College in February.
“Bea is perfectly situated to create new partnerships and build on existing relationships with local governments and municipalities, foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations,” says Chancellor Syverud. “Bea has been a champion of our community, and of students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences for nearly four decades. There is no one better to lead Syracuse University’s robust and impactful portfolio of community-connected initiatives.”
In this new role, González is tasked with conceptualizing, creating, and implementing new strategies and partnerships to the benefit of the University and community stakeholders. Her work will also build on the success of past initiatives aimed at strengthening the Syracuse University community and enhancing the University’s reach.
“Syracuse University has a long and proud history of partnering with and supporting local communities and regional initiatives,” says González. “This is an exciting new chapter in my career. I look forward to working closely with University leadership and community stakeholders to take our investment in local communities to the next level. Enhancing the lives of all members of our community has and will always be at the heart of my professional work.”
In addition to her many years of leadership at Syracuse University, González has a distinguished public service record, having been elected to public office three times. In 2001, she became the first Latino/a to be elected president of the City of Syracuse Common Council. She also served on the Syracuse City School District’s Board of Education.
In her new position, González will report to and collaborate closely with Chancellor Syverud and J. Michael Haynie, who was named vice chancellor of strategic initiatives and innovations in June.