Syracuse UniversityChicago

Syracuse University Chicago badge

Renée Crown ’50, H’84 and Lester Crown

Renée CrownRenée Schine Crown ’50, H’84 is one of Syracuse University’s most esteemed alumnae. A civic leader and philanthropist, she serves on the College of Arts and Sciences board of visitors and as a member emerita of the University Board of Trustees.

Shortly after graduating with a degree in fine arts, Crown moved to Chicago with her husband, Lester Crown (pictured with her), where they began lives of exemplary public service. She is a founding member and former president of the Women’s Board of Northwestern University and a life director of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She serves on the boards of WTTW/Channel 11 Public Television and the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, the Chicago Lyric Opera Women’s Board, and the Field Museum of National History Women’s Board, among many other endeavors.

For Syracuse University, Crown serves on the Facilities Committee of the Board as an emeritus participant. She was chair of the Schine Student Center Campaign and, along with members of the Schine and Crown families, obtained the naming gift for the center, which opened in 1985. Crown was co-chair of leadership gifts for the Campaign for Syracuse and served on the $300 million Commitment to Learning Campaign Executive Committee.

In recognition of her continuing commitment to Syracuse University, Crown has received the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnae Award, the George Arents Award, and the Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Upon her retirement from the Board of Trustees, the Honors Program was named the “Renée Crown University Honors Program.” Described as an enhanced educational experience for exceptional undergraduates, the honors program offers intellectual challenge and curricular enrichment through seminars, honors courses, special cultural events, and close contact with faculty and other honors students.

Renée and Lester Crown are the parents of Steven, James, Patricia, Susan, Daniel, Sara, and Janet, and have 25 grandchildren.