Syracuse University

Jane Werner Present

Jane Werner Present ’56, noted for her philanthropy and community involvement, founded the Friends of Leadership & Public Service High School, the Syracuse University Mentor/Mentee Alliance, and was a founding member of the Mt. Sinai Comprehensive Breast Resource Center. She is executive director of the Foundation for Clinical Research in IBD, and served for seven years as national president and chair of the board of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. As a trustee of the Central Park Conservancy she founded the “You Gotta Have Park” fund-raising event and was a trustee of the Parks Council of New York.

Among honors she has received are the Frederick Law Olmstead Award from the Central Park Conservancy, and the SU Apple/Orange Award for Outstanding New York Alumni. A breast cancer survivor, she completed the New York Marathon at age 57.

Present was a travel consultant for 27 years, from 1972 until she sold her business in 1999. Most recently, she worked as a patient educator for nine pharmaceutical companies, traveling to 99 cities in the United States to speak with patients and their families about Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

Present earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree from New York University. She is married to Daniel H. Present M.D., a 1955 Syracuse University alumnus and Arents Award recipient. They have three children, including Douglas Present ’87 and four grandchildren.