Syracuse UniversityOffice of Government and Community Relations


The Office of Government and Community Relations is part of the Office of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, led by J. Michael Haynie, Vice Chancellor. If you have any questions or need to speak to someone, call us at (315) 443-3919.  Our staff would be more than happy to assist you.  We are located in the Center for Science and Technology (Sci-Tech) Building on Comstock Ave., Suite 2-212, Syracuse, NY 13244.  Our fax number is 315-443-3676.

Eric Persons

Eric Persons, Associate Vice President

Eric was appointed associate vice president of Government and Community Relations in 2011. He is responsible for developing and implementing the University’s governmental, political and community relations strategy, and ensuring SU’s presence in the city, regionally and nationally through engagement with elected officials, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and civic and community organizations. Eric previously served the University's mission as director of regional programs and engagement, and prior to that as project manager for the Connective Corridor. He resides in Cazenovia with his wife and daughters.

TBA, Assistant Director, Government Relations

Lori Levengood

Lori Levengood, Administrative Specialist

Lori joined Syracuse University and the Office of Government and Community Relations in 2000.  She is the point person of contact for the office and provides support for each member of the team when called upon.  She is a graduate of Liberty University with a B.S. in Accounting.  Lori resides in Tully, NY, with her husband and two children.  She is an avid fan of Syracuse University sports, enjoys her golden retrievers, and loves to travel, bake and read.