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Meet Chicago's new alumni club president

Suzanne Butler

Suzanne Butler G’01 believes in maintaining connections—especially when the links are to Syracuse University. Butler, who served as president of the SU alumni club when she lived in Atlanta, has reprised that role now that she lives in Chicago. “My desire to play an active role in the local Chicago SU alumni club stems from wanting to bring together other people who also enjoyed their experience at SU,” says Butler, who earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. “I have witnessed how excited people are when discussing their alma mater and how they still want an active involvement with SU.”

Butler’s vision—and that of her “fabulous” alumni club board—is to offer something of interest to all of the more than 3,000 area alumni, including opportunities for watching SU sports events, coming together for University-sponsored gatherings, and participating in community service. “I think the majority of alums would want to reconnect with SU if they were aware of the opportunity to do so,” she says. “By providing a place for alumni to gather and creating events of interest, a local SU community can be established—and who wouldn’t want that?”

Even though she graduated from SU more than 10 years ago, Butler has kept in touch with many of her classmates and cherishes the camaraderie she had with them. “I loved my time at SU, and enjoy still being a part of it today,” she says. “Everyone I speak with is proud to have gone to SU and I’m no exception. SU stands for integrity and the University’s values are something to be proud of.” She adds with a smile: “Of course, I’d be lying if I didn’t say the social connections and Otto the Orange mean a lot to me, too!”

As Director—Kmart Marketing Planning at Sears Holdings Corporation, Butler credits her successful career to the education she received at Syracuse University. “Earning the MBA in marketing at SU definitely opened up new professional doors to me,” she says. “I wouldn’t have the job I hold today, or the professional knowledge and acumen, if I didn’t have my education from Syracuse.”

Being part of the SU alumni club has proven to be an excellent icebreaker for the recently transplanted Chicagoland resident. “This is my second foray into an SU alumni club presidency and I have met more wonderful people than I ever expected,” she says. “Although this current role is very new, if it’s anything like the one I had in Atlanta, I expect many new adventures and friendships to unfold.”