In an appointment that will allow her to study how institutions of higher education in the region can adapt and collaborate to enhance academic excellence, improve educational outcomes for underserved communities in Syracuse and Central New York, and strengthen research opportunities and economic development, President Linda LeMura has been named a Chancellor’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Syracuse University. The appointment is for 10 weeks and will begin on Dec. 1.
“The success of Le Moyne College, Syracuse University and SUNY ESF is integrally linked to the success of the Central New York region,” said President LeMura. “This appointment will provide the time I need to focus on select projects that will enhance the creative potential of the three institutions, for the mutual benefit of everyone, as well as other strategic alliances that might emerge during this focused period of study.”
“I’m grateful to Linda for her passionate commitment to this region and our shared efforts, along with SUNY ESF, in developing new and innovative approaches to meet the challenges facing higher education today,” said Syracuse University Chancellor and President Kent Syverud. “This work is a vital step in exploring how our three institutions, each with distinct yet different strengths and missions, can better utilize our resources to improve existing and identify potential new partnerships.”
The appointment was unanimously approved by the College’s Board of Trustees. “Le Moyne College is committed to improving educational outcomes and economic development in the region,” said Board Chair Robert Reklaitis, ’75. “Commissioning our president to work on these issues is tangible evidence of our commitment to that mission.” He noted that Trustees appreciate that the president will spend the weeks between the fall and spring semester – time often devoted to resting and recharging – to take on this important role.
Following the fellowship, President LeMura will work closely with Chancellor Syverud and new SUNY ESF President Joanie Mahoney to determine how to best advance this growing partnership.
During this time, Provost Joseph Marina, S.J. will serve as acting president. “The Trustees have full confidence that Father Marina will steer the College effectively in Linda’s absence,” Reklaitis said.