Maxwell School Alumni Establish Multimillion Dollar Bequest to Fund Citizenship Education

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University is pleased to announce that two alumni, who wish to remain anonymous, have committed a multimillion-dollar gift through their estate plans. This generous gift will ultimately support citizenship education and is currently valued at $2.5 million. The value of the bequest is expected to grow over the donors’ lifetimes.

“The Maxwell School is the premier school for citizenship and public administration. This gift will enable the School to build on that rich history and its legacy of creating global thought leaders,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “I am very thankful to our two alumni for providing support that will further the Maxwell School’s vision for its students as engaged citizens.”

The bequest furthers the School’s ability to nurture students as they learn and develop into informed world citizens and decision makers. In addition to establishing an undergraduate scholarship fund and a graduate fellowship, the bequest is expected to grow large enough to support the endowment of a named chair in citizenship at the Maxwell School.

“Our ability to attract exceptional students and faculty as well as to reinforce the importance of citizenship education are directly strengthened by the support we receive from our loyal family of alumni and friends,” says David M. Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School. “We are very grateful for the financial support from two graduates who have exhibited lifelong dedication to education and public service. This extraordinary commitment will impact Maxwell and Syracuse University for generations to come.”

As a key theme of the University’s Academic Strategic Plan, enhancing the student experience is a critical focus for the Maxwell School. The University is committed to providing an excellent and distinctive education that prepares students for academic, personal, and professional success in a diverse, interconnected world. Students learn to think deeply and analytically, listening with a critical ear and acting with integrity.

Earlier this year, the Maxwell School received the top ranking once again by U.S. News & World Report’s survey of graduate schools in public affairs, a distinction the school has earned every year since the rankings were established. 

To make a gift to the Maxwell School or to discuss options for planned giving, please contact Assistant Dean for Advancement Linda Birnbaum at 315.443.1053 or