Syracuse University

Art Monk

Art Monk ’80 was a four-year Syracuse University letter winner in football and still ranks in the top 10 on several school career record lists. A 16-year career in the National Football League followed, as Monk played for the Washington Redskins, the New York Jets, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008, in recognition of his stellar career, which included three Super Bowl championships, three Pro Bowl selections, and two All-Pro honors. In December, he will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

A member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, Monk is a respected business leader and community service activist. Believing that education is the key to every child’s future, he co-sponsored the “I Have a Dream” program for 60 students from Terrell Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The program guaranteed a college education to all of the students, and provided tutoring, testing, and support throughout the school year. In 1986, he created the Good Samaritan Foundation, which provides a wide range of academic development and values-based education programs. Monk also participates in numerous charitable endeavors.

Monk earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). He and his wife, Desiree ’81, are the parents of three children, including Monica A. Monk, a 2009 VPA graduate.