Welcome from Chairman Steven W. Barnes

Steven W. BarnesThe Board of Trustees is the governing body of Syracuse University, responsible for the educational mission and fiscal policies of the University. Members of the Board guide the University toward its goals and vision and serve the public trust. This website is intended to provide information about the Board of Trustees to members of the Syracuse University community.


 New Trustees

Harold A. Fetner Harold A. Fetner
Fetner is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Fetner Properties. He became president and CEO of Sidney Fetner Associates (SFA) in 1988.  
Under Hal's direction, Fetner Properties has become one of the most respected development companies in New York real estate focusing on affordable and market rate housing. He has earned the reputation as one of the foremost green sustainable builders in the city, having built multiple LEED® Gold residential buildings.
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Elisabeth Fontenelli

Elisabeth Fontenelli
Fontenelli retired as a managing director at Goldman Sachs in April 2017 after 25 years at the firm. Prior to her retirement, she was global head of securities research and deputy head of the Global Investment Research Division. She was named a Goldman partner in 2006 and served on the firm’s partnership committee.
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Michael A. Newhouse

Michael A. Newhouse
Newhouse is a senior executive officer and director in the Advance/Newhouse companies. Advance/Newhouse is a global, diversified privately owned group of media companies that operates Condé Nast, which produces high-quality content in a variety of media formats, including print, digital and video, for audiences throughout the world.
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Jeffrey M. Scruggs Jeffrey M. Scruggs
Scruggs is a managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and is co-head of the Public Sector Banking group within the Investment Banking Division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2008 as managing director.
In 1985, he started as a financial analyst in the Municipal Securities Group at PaineWebber Inc. After two years in that position, he served as a special assistant and manager of the Loan Portfolio Sales Program for the U.S.
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David N. Watson David N. Watson
Watson serves as president and chief executive officer of Comcast Cable and senior executive vice president of Comcast Corp. In this role, he is responsible for all business aspects of the company’s cable operations.
Previously, Watson served as Comcast Cable’s chief operating officer (COO), where he drove the operating strategy and execution that have led to the division’s growth as the nation’s largest internet service provider and one of the largest video providers.
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Joanna O. Masingila Joanna O. Masingila
Masingila, who was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence in 2003, has been at Syracuse University since finishing a Ph.D. in mathematics education at Indiana University-Bloomington in 1992. Prior to her doctoral work, she taught secondary mathematics for six years.
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Duncan Brown Duncan A. Brown
A world-renowned expert in gravitational-wave astronomy and astrophysics, Brown has been a faculty member at Syracuse University since 2007. Brown played a leading role in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)’s historic detections of gravitational waves. Brown is an authority on finding gravitational waves with LIGO and then extracting the physics from these observations.
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Jack Wilson

Jack H. Wilson
Jack Wilson is in the Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Program of the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Wilson works in Professor and Department Chair Amy Criss’ Memory Modeling Lab, studying where and how errors occur when trying to recall past events.
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Emma Peca Emma Peca
Emma Peca is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and minoring in Asian American Studies and Disability Studies. She has been an active member of the College Democrats since her freshman year, and currently serves as the Communications Director.
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Ghufran Salih Ghufran Salih
Ghufran Salih is a junior studying information management and technology in the School of Information Studies. Salih, who is from Chicago, serves as the president of the Student Association for the 2018-19 academic year. She also serves on the Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee.
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2018 Syracuse University Commencement