Academic Administration

Syracuse has a long legacy of academic excellence, and we continue to build on that legacy in ways that prepare students to succeed in a constantly changing world.

The administration provides leadership and counsel on academic programs, policies, faculty recruitment and support, research, and support for academic affairs.


Chris Johnson PortraitAcademic Affairs

Chris Johnson was appointed Associate Provost for Academic Affairs in September 2018. In this capacity, Johnson partners with Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly and other Academic Affairs leaders to support key academic initiatives and advance the University’s vision and mission as outlined in the Academic Strategic Plan.

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Academic Operations

Steven J. Bennett is senior vice president for academic operations. In that capacity, he plays a critical role in overseeing academic operations for administrative units that report to the Office of the Provost, including Information Technology, SU Press, Syracuse University Abroad, and satellite facilities around the U.S. He also works closely with the provost and her leadership team on planning and budgetary matters. 

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Samuel Scozzafava PortraitInformation Technology Services

Samuel Scozzafava is Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. Sam provides day-to-day leadership and administration of the Information Technology Services (ITS) department, and develops and implements strategies to ensure that ITS is providing central technology support across both the academic and administrative operations of the University. Sam can be reached at 315.443.3814.

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Jeffery Hoone portraitCoalition of Museums and Art Centers (CMAC)

Jeffrey Hoone is Executive Director of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC). The mission of CMAC is to celebrate and explore the visual and electronic arts through exhibitions, publications, public presentations, education, and scholarship. Syracuse University provides the infrastructure, educational platform, resources, and influence to make the Coalition possible while expanding the role and responsibility of the university in the Central New York community and beyond. Jeffrey can be reached at 315.443.1300.

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LaVonda Reed PortraitFaculty Affairs

LaVonda N. Reed is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. She is a senior leader in Academic Affairs charged with a wide range of matters relating to faculty across Syracuse University’s schools and colleges and plays a key role in faculty searches and appointments, new faculty orientation, promotion and tenure, research and administrative leaves, retirements, as well as faculty recognitions, awards, and honors. Reed identifies opportunities designed to facilitate and support faculty success in academic life including professional development of Syracuse’s faculty, as well as support for and advancement of faculty research and teaching. She is a tenured professor of Law in the College of Law, having joined the Syracuse faculty in 2006. LaVonda can be reached at 315.443.5525.

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Peter Vanable PortraitGraduate School

Peter Vanable was appointed Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School on January 6, 2017. He assumed the role of Interim Vice President of Research on January 1, 2016. Vanable is a professor of psychology and adjunct professor of medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Vanable served as chair of psychology for six years, an appointment that began in August of 2009.

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Erika Wilkens portraitSyracuse Abroad

Erika Wilkens brings deep international experience to her new role as assistant provost and executive director of the University’s Syracuse Abroad program. In 2010 she was appointed the founding director of the University’s new study abroad center in Istanbul. She led operations at that center until 2017, when the center closed its doors due to political unrest in that region.

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John Liu portraitResearch

John Liu has served as Vice President for Research since September 2017. He came to Syracuse from Auburn University, where he served as associate provost and associate vice president for research. He previously served as associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture, assistant director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, and as Distinguished Alumni Professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. As an administrator he has demonstrated success in the areas of growing the university’s research enterprise, enhancing scholarship, promoting interdisciplinary collaborations, supporting research infrastructure, supporting graduate programs, enhancing faculty competitiveness, and developing international collaborations.

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Roberta Jones PortraitStrategic Planning and Budget

Roberta “Bobbi” Jones is Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and Budget. Her primary responsibility is to serve as chief budget officer for Academic Affairs and to serve as advisor to the Vice Chancellor and Provost on strategic planning and initiatives. She can be reached at 315.443.2055 or by mail at 323 Crouse-Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244.

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David Seaman PortraitUniversity Libraries

David Seaman is Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University. He leads a talented library staff to deliver the services and collections necessary to drive 21st-century research, teaching, and learning, and to provide innovative spaces for study, collaboration, and innovation. He can be reached at 315.443.5533.

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