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Whether you’re an active Chicago alum who bleeds Orange, a recent grad looking to get established in the area, a parent or friend who wants to stay connected, or a prospective student hoping to learn more, Syracuse University has a friendly, knowledgeable, and dedicated staff ready to assist you!

Regional Advancement

Want to be among the many Chicago-area alumni, parents, and friends of Syracuse University whose gifts are making such a huge difference for our students and faculty? Contact our regional advancement staff:

Karen Spear
Karen Spear

Interim Associate Vice President, Regional Advancement
ksspear@syr.edu
315.396.2010

About Karen
A graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Karen began as Syracuse University’s regional director of development for Upstate New York in 2007. In 2010, she became Executive Director of Regional Advancement and Interim Associate Vice President, Regional Advancement in 2021. She now manages a team of ten development officers who engage alumni, parents, and friends throughout the United States as well as internationally. In addition to her management responsibilities, Spear is focused on Chicago, where she helps alumni connect with each other and the University. She facilitates the work of the Chicago Regional Council, a group of area alumni and parents working to establish a strong base of support in the region. Spear is originally from Greenville, South Carolina, and enjoys returning to the south where her family still lives.