Syracuse University

2013 Chairs

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Jay Harrington ′93Jay Harrington

After studying drama at SU, actor Jay Harrington left his Wellesley, Massachusetts, roots behind to tackle Hollywood. Since then, he has taken to playing title roles in sitcoms and films as a handsome ladies man—a role he plays exceptionally well.

Harrington's title role has been his 2010 ABC sitcom, Better Off Ted, where he starred as Ted Crisp. More recently, he played the part of Alec in Hot in Cleveland, as the love interest of Valerie Bertinelli and ex-husband of Heather Locklear's character. Another trait that comes naturally for Harrington is to play a successful doctor, having done so in such shows as Summerland, Desperate Housewives, and Private Practice. He has also been seen on The Inside, The Division, Burn Notice, Time of Your Life, Las Vegas, and The Shield.

On the big screen, Harrington was seen in American Reunion alongside Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, and the rest of the original American Pie team. He has also graced the screen in TV moves, including Sex, Power, Love & Politics, with James Van Der Beek and Jane Krakowski; The News; Straight White Male; and Guilty.

Bea González G′04Bea Gonzalez

Not only does University College Dean Bethaida “Bea” González have more than 30 years of experience in continuing education, she has a distinguished record of public service.

González joined UC in 1984 as an academic advisor and quickly rose through the ranks. After serving as associate dean, she was appointed interim dean in 2004 and dean in 2007. In her current role, she supervises programming for continuing education and summer programs, including credit and non-credit undergraduate and graduate studies, online courses, the English Language Institute, and Summer@Syracuse programs.

In addition, González has been elected to public office three times. In 2001, she became the first Latino to be elected president of the City of Syracuse Common Council, and has served on the Syracuse City School District’s Board of Education.

She has also lent her experience and expertise to a number of professional organizations, including the Association of University Summer Sessions, the Education Commission of the States, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. As a longstanding member of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, she has been asked to present at many conferences and workshops and is UPCEA president-elect for the 2014–15 term.

Among her numerous awards are the Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for Service and the SU Women of Influence Award. Shw was also named a Hispanic American of Distinction in New York State and an Unsung Heroine by the Central New York National Organization of Women.