Parents Council

The Parents Council, a select group of parents and family members of current and incoming Syracuse University students, serves as an advisory board to the senior vice president for enrollment and the student experience and the division’s leadership. You help us achieve our mission as a university, with a special focus on philanthropy and volunteerism and you help shape the future for our students.

Dear Fellow Parents Council Members,

As co-chairs of the Parents Council, we want to welcome you all to the 2020-2021 Syracuse University Parents Council!  The Parents Council is a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into the University’s strategic vision and engage with University leadership to help shape that vision, particularly in the area of student engagement. The Parents Council helps make a large university seem smaller and enables members to make connections with University leadership and other engaged parents that are not otherwise possible.

While we look forward to seeing past members and meeting new members in person, this year will present unique challenges and opportunities for us to engage.  Thank you in advance for completing the survey that was sent to all Parents Council members on May 14.  If you haven’t been able to complete the survey, please do so at your earliest convenience. Your collective input drives the focus of the Parents Council, will help us develop an agenda for the videoconference, and set the stage for our on-campus meeting in the fall.

We hope that you all have found meaningful, creative and fun ways to connect with your students during these many weeks that most of us have been staying at home. Here’s hoping that they will all have the opportunity to return to Syracuse in the fall to continue their learning and college experience among the University’s diverse and talented student body. Go Orange!


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Susan Elliott (
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To serve on the Parents Council, you must already be a member of the prestigious Lubin Society and committed to a minimum annual gift of $5,000.  Your gift is dedicated to a Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience fund which supports our students and their futures.

If you are selected to become part of the Parents Council, you have a unique opportunity to engage with Syracuse University in ways that perhaps you’ve never considered.  Members of the Parents Council are appointed by the Chancellor and remain in close contact with senior administrators and faculty.  They are informed of strategies and plans that impact students.  They are asked for their opinions and their advice.  They are invited to special events and gatherings, on and off campus, that make them part of an important network of influencers. And they serve as ambassadors for the University.

For additional information on the Parents Council at Syracuse University, please email and our team will get back to you promptly.

Interested in learning more about the topics the Parents Council reviews and discusses? Review our previous meeting agendas.

October 2020 Meeting Agenda
August 2020 Meeting Agenda
June 2020 Meeting Agenda
April 2020 Meeting Agenda
October 2019 Meeting Agenda

Parent Engagement and Student Experience
Division of Advancement and External Affairs

Meet the Parent Engagement and Student Experience team!