Syracuse University celebrated the opening of its new Fisher Center at 136 Madison yesterday (Tuesday).
The school is expanding its New York City academic presence for the first time in 50 years thanks, in part, to support from real estate luminaries Winston Fisher and Jimmy Kuhn.
The Fisher Center bears the name of Syracuse trustee and benefactor Winston Fisher in recognition of his lead gift to the historic project.
A graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, Fisher is the chair of the Trustees’ Facilities Committee and serves on the Academic Affairs Committees and on the Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences. He directs Fisher Brothers Management’s financing/investing activities, property acquisitions and dispositions, and oversees all new development initiatives.
Syracuse alumnus Jimmy Kuhn is a founding partner of the Fisher Center. Kuhn is the chairman of the Advisory Council of the Whitman School of Management. He serves on the executive committee of the Board of Trustees as well as the Budget, Academic Affairs, and Facilities Committees. He endowed the James D. Kuhn Real Estate Center at the Whitman School of Management and established the Leo and Sunnie Kuhn Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Studies. Additionally, Kuhn funded the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (VPA) Student Film Fund and co-funded Syracuse’s architecture program in New York City.
Richard and William Eggers are also founding partners of Fisher Center through their foundation. They are the sons of Dr. Melvin Eggers, chancellor of Syracuse University from 1971 to 1991, and his wife, Mildred.
In addition to supporting the Fisher Center, the Eggers Foundation has provided funding to the Maxwell School and to University College in the names of the their parents. Bill Eggers served as a member and Chairman of the Maxwell School’s Advisory Board for many years.
The opening of the new 20,000 s/f Fisher Center space coincided with the recent arrival Syracuse University’s new Chancellor, Kent Syverud, and the launch of two signature programs, the Tepper Semester program and the Syracuse NYC Architecture program.
In the fall the Newhouse School of Public Communications will join, to be followed by programs in business, education, social work, and technology.
“Syracuse has held many immersion programs throughout New York City for decades and has seen the popularity of these opportunities rising. With some 57,000 alumni in the metropolitan region the university has long considered New York its second home,” said Chancellor Kent Syverud.
“Syracuse has one of the largest alumni populations in New York when compared to any other university based outside of the city. The Fisher Center capitalizes on this asset by providing students greater access and opportunity to learn and be taught by our outstanding faculty in the heart of Manhattan.”
The university currently operates one property in Manhattan; the Joseph I. Lubin House located at 11 East 61st street. It will continue to operate as Syracuse University’s headquarters while the Fisher Center will complement this presence by providing a full-time academic facility.
Lubin House currently houses its NYC admissions office, advancement and external affairs staff and the Palitz art gallery, and hosts a variety of events and other university programming.