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

Syracuse University is an independent research university that advances knowledge across disciplines to drive breakthrough discoveries and breakout leadership. Our 13 schools and colleges and over 200 majors close the gap between education and action, so graduates are equipped to be resourceful, responsive and real-world ready. In and beyond the classroom, we connect people, perspectives and practices to solve interconnected issues with innovative approaches. Together, we’re a powerful community of game changers that moves ideas, individuals and impact forward.