Whether you’re an active Atlanta alum who bleeds Orange, a recent grad looking to get established in the area, a parent or friend who wants to stay connected, or a prospective student hoping to learn more, Syracuse University has a friendly, knowledgeable, and dedicated staff ready to assist you!

Regional Advancement

Want to be among the many Atlanta-area alumni, parents, and friends of Syracuse University whose gifts are making such a huge difference for our students and faculty? Contact our regional advancement staff:

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Karen Spear

Executive Director of Regional Advancement

About Karen
A graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Karen Spear served as Syracuse University’s regional director of development for Upstate New York since 2007. In 2010, she became Executive Director of Regional Advancement and now manages a team of six development officers who engage alumni, parents, and friends in Syracuse University’s “geographies of opportunity,” parts of the country with the largest base of Syracuse University connections. In addition to her management responsibilities, Spear is focused on Atlanta, where she helps alumni connect with each other and the University. She facilitates the work of the Atlanta Regional Council, a group of area alumni and parents working to establish a strong base of support in the region. Spear is originally from Greenville, South Carolina, and enjoys returning to the south where her family still lives.