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SU hires three alums to serve the Chicago area

SU's Chicago Staff

Forrest Ball ’12, Sam Edelstein ’07, and A. David Wishart ’07 are three new Syracuse University Chicago-region staff members—all of them originally from the Windy City area. “It’s wonderful to have such a great group of young SU alumni from the Chicago area leading the charge to help build a stronger foundation for us in this important geography of opportunity,” says Karen Spear, executive director of Regional Advancement.

A graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School with a degree in economics and policy studies, Forrest Ball serves as Syracuse University’s admissions counselor for the Chicago region. He oversees all recruitment efforts in the region, from meeting with independent counselors to visiting with high school students. “I’m excited to share my experiences with fellow Chicagoans to show them what SU has to offer!” says Ball, whose hometown is Naperville, Illinois. He can be reached at

Sam Edelstein, a native of Evanston, Illinois, earned degrees in economics and policy studies at SU. After graduation, he worked for ICF International, a federal consulting firm, implementing training programs for a wide range of clients, including the Federal Aviation Administration and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. He then moved to South Korea where he taught English to middle school students and traveled around the region, learning about the people and their culture. Returning to the United States, Edelstein worked as a communications associate for Cultural Tourism D.C., a nonprofit focused on the arts and culture of the nation’s capital. He became SU’s assistant director of regional programs and engagement in summer 2012. “It’s exciting to work with alumni who do interesting work and lead fascinating lives, all while being passionate about SU,” Edelstein says. “What makes it even better is that that so many of them live in my hometown!” Contact Edelstein at

David Wishart is a graduate of the Whitman School of Management, earned his MBA from Auburn University, and serves as SU’s director of regional advancement in the Chicago area. A native of the North Shore, he worked in capital giving at Princeton University before returning to SU to focus on advancement activities in New England. He serves as the staff liaison for SU’s Boston Regional Council, helping engage nearby alumni more broadly, and will now add the Chicago area to his growing responsibilities. “I’m thrilled to be working with SU alumni, parents, prospective students, and friends of the University in Chicagoland,” he says. Wishart can be reached at