Whitman School Establishes/Appoints Executive Director of Administration and Strategic Initiatives

Gene Anderson, dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, announced the creation of a new leadership position, executive director of administration and strategic initiatives, appointing Kevin Coates, formerly director of budget, finance and business analytics, to the role effective July 1.

The new position is intended to advance the implementation of the Whitman School’s strategic plan and its ability to successfully pursue its ambitious goals.

In this role, Coates is responsible for building required staff capacity, coordinating and integrating activities and operations, and long-range planning and forecasting. He will directly oversee several key organizational units and activities, including Career Services, Alumni Relations, Corporate Relations, Financial Operations, Analytics/Assessment and other strategic supporting activities as needed.

“Kevin will be responsible for the development, analysis and improvement of innovative systems and services that support our broader educational, research and outreach missions,” said Dean Anderson. “It is also an important recognition of the increasingly broad role that Kevin has taken on with regards to the administration and implementation of a wide range of initiatives and activities within the school.”

Coates came to the Whitman School in 2016. He previously served in an administrative role at Cornell University, where he was responsible for analytics, financial metrics and reporting. He was instrumental in building a business intelligence team for Cornell’s alumni affairs and development office. He has also served in various financial roles, from reporting and analyzing data to creating budget and gap/forecasting models. Coates earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York.

About the Whitman School

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University  inspires students for a world of accelerating change. Offering B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Whitman School’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. To learn more about the Whitman School of Management, visit Whitman.syr.edu.

About Syracuse University

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 syracuse.edu.

Kerri Howell

Kerri is director of communications and media relations for the Whitman School. She is responsible for managing all internal and external communications with students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the business community and other key stakeholders.After receiving her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo, she went on to earn her M.S. in communications management from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she has served as an adjunct professor in the public relations department since 2004.