Syracuse University

Chancellor's Cabinet and Administrative Staff

Thomas J. Walsh

Thomas J. WalshExecutive Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs 

Tom Walsh is Executive Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs at Syracuse University. In this position he oversees the offices of Development, Engagement Initiatives, Marketing and Interactive Media, Alumni Relations, Program Development and Special Events, and institutional advancement operations in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. The division has a staff of more than 150 and a budget in excess of $10 million.

Walsh began his career at Syracuse University in 1979 as dramaturge and associate producer for Syracuse Stage. In 1987 he joined SU's Division of Student Affairs to help expand cultural programming for students. In 1991, Walsh was appointed as the University's Director of Major Gifts for Washington, D.C. Four years later, in 1995, he also assumed responsibility as Director of Federal Relations. Walsh was the University's federal lobbyist until 1999, when he was named an assistant vice president and charged to lead the initiative to create a stronger presence for SU in New York City. In 2002, he became Vice President of Leadership Gifts and in 2005 was appointed to his current role.

Walsh has worked with the Berkshire Theater Festival and New York's La MaMa Experimental Theater Club. He served on the New York State Council on the Arts advisory panels for a decade, is a former chair of the board of the Light Work Gallery, and is a board member of the Everson Museum of Art. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Syracuse International Film and Video Festival.

Walsh has a B.A. in English from Le Moyne College and an M.F.A. from SU's College of Visual and Performing Arts.