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Welcoming Nate LaFrance

Representing Syracuse University in Chicago and the Midwest

headshot of Nate LaFranceWe extend a warm welcome to Nate LaFrance, Syracuse University’s new regional director for Chicago and the Heartland. His appointment is part of the University's effort to increase representation in all areas of the country. Elizabeth Feist, the previous Chicago-area representative, will now be covering the Northeast region.

Before coming to Syracuse, LaFrance spent five years in nationwide alumni engagement for Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He began his career in higher education advancement while he was pursuing a master’s degree at the University at Buffalo and was a graduate assistant in its Office of Alumni Relations.

LaFrance, who has family in the area, says, “Moving back to Syracuse is about returning to New York and being closer to home. Plus, I’ll be joining an institution whose values and priorities are important to me.”  Not to mention that he’ll be a lot closer to New York’s Adirondack Mountains, where he’s canoed or hiked with family and friends almost every year since he was 9 years old.

This outdoor buff also enjoys snowboarding, photography, and travel.

He is eager to explore Chicago and the Midwest, and see all the region has to offer. He especially looks forward to meeting the extended Orange family in Chicago and beyond. “It will be a real privilege for me to meet so many alumni and parents who are passionate about SU, and build on the region’s strong network of support,” LaFrance says. “There is tremendous power in the interdisciplinary nature of a Syracuse education. It’s great to hear how the SU experience has benefited our graduates.”

And he wants to hear from you, too. “The work we do in advancement is focused on the future. It calls for thinking creatively about big ideas,” LaFrance says. “I’m excited to learn how you or your student has benefited from a Syracuse education. I’d love to gain your perspective on opportunities for the future and how you can help!”

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