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Elisabeth Fontenelli Appointed Chair of the Whitman Advisory Council

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management announced that Elisabeth "Lisa" Fontenelli ’86 has been appointed chair of the Whitman Advisory Council.

Fontenelli recently retired as managing director at Goldman Sachs in April 2017 after 25 years at the firm. Prior to her retirement, she was global head of securities research and deputy head of the Global Investment Research Division. She was named a Goldman partner in 2006 and served on the firm’s partnership committee.

In addition to her professional achievements, Fontenelli has long been devoted to serving others. From 2004 to 2015, she served as trustee of Georgian Court University in New Jersey. The institution, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1908, provides a comprehensive liberal arts education in the Roman Catholic tradition. During her tenure as trustee, she was a member of the Finance and Advancement Committees, co-chaired the Centennial gala and participated in women’s leadership development initiatives including facilitating a panel of Goldman Sachs female executives at a University Women’s Leadership conference.

Fontenelli, who graduated from Syracuse University in 1986 with a dual degree from the Whitman School and S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, has been a long-standing member of the Whitman Advisory Council. Since 2006, Goldman Sachs has hosted students participating in Syracuse University’s Stuart Frankel & Co. New York Stock Exchange Program, known as the Frankel Scholars Program, in part due to Fontenelli’s sponsorship. She remains an active participant with the Frankel Scholars and other University immersion programs. She has also been engaged in a wide range of activities on at the school, ranging from guest speaking in classes to participating in Goodman IMPRESS to judging Orange Tank. This past May, she was elected to Syracuse University’s Board of Trustees.

“I look forward to working with Lisa to facilitate even greater engagement for all council members in the life of our school, its priorities and programs,” said Gene Anderson, dean of the Whitman School. “I am grateful to her for taking on this important role for our school and university.

“I also would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to Jimmy Kuhn for his outstanding leadership of the Council and his many valuable contributions to the success of both the Council and Whitman. We will miss him in this role, but also know that he will be focusing his unique talents on leading the Syracuse University Board of Trustees Athletics Committee,” added Anderson.

For a complete list of Whitman Advisory Council members, visit the website.

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Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private international research university dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering student success through teaching excellence, rigorous scholarship and interdisciplinary research. Comprising 11 academic schools and colleges, the University has a long legacy of excellence in the liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines that prepares students for the complex challenges and emerging opportunities of a rapidly changing world. Students enjoy the resources of a 270-acre main campus and extended campus venues in major national metropolitan hubs and across three continents. Syracuse’s student body is among the most diverse for an institution of its kind across multiple dimensions, and students typically represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Syracuse also has a long legacy of supporting veterans and is home to the nationally recognized Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the first university-based institute in the U.S. focused on addressing the unique needs of veterans and their families. To learn more about Syracuse University, visit