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Officers

Meet Syracuse University's board of trustees officers

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Kathleen A. Walters ’73, Chair
Kathleen A. Walters is a retired senior executive with extensive leadership experience in the consumer products and paper industry, both domestically and internationally. Most recently, she was executive vice president and group president of Georgia-Pacific consumer products group.
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Steven W. Barnes ’82, H’19, Chairman Emeritus
Steven W. Barnes is a senior advisor at Bain Capital LP ("Bain"). He has been affiliated with Bain since 1988 and previously served as chairman of global private equity.
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Steven W. Ballentine ’83, Vice Chair
Steven W. Ballentine is president and chief executive officer of Ballentine Capital Management Inc., an investment management firm he founded in 1989. Ballentine has been a portfolio manager and analyst for nearly 40 years. He started his investment career with the Prudential Life Insurance Co. of America in 1983 as an equity analyst and portfolio manager.
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Christine E. Larsen, G'84, Vice Chair
Christine E. Larsen is an experienced independent board director, chief operations officer and leader of digital transformation and growth. Prior to leaving First Data in 2019, she served as COO and was instrumental in the company’s return to growth and efficiency drive as part of its successful path back to the public markets and, ultimately, the Fiserv merger.
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Patricia H. Mautino ’64, G’66, Vice Chair
Patricia Hallock Mautino's career in K-12 education administration, which includes a broad range of professional and volunteer associations in library and information services, started in 1966, when she became a librarian for Onondaga Community College, Syracuse N.Y.
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Edward J. Pettinella G’76, Vice Chair
Edward J. Pettinella is former president, chief executive officer and director of Home Properties Inc., a large-apartment real estate investment trust (REIT) traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The REIT has acquired, developed and operated apartment communities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets. Home Properties was purchased by Lone Star Funds.
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Guilherme M. Costa, Interim Senior Vice President and University Secretary
Guilherme M. Costa is Interim Senior Vice President and University Secretary and is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the activities of the Board and its various committees to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the University’s system of governance.
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