Generation Orange alum Spencer Raymond supports SU’s NYC Campus
May 21, 2012
As Syracuse University’s presence in the New York metro area continues to grow, many Generation Orange alumni are maintaining their link to SU long after graduation. One such alum is Spencer Raymond, whose recent gift to SU was designated to the Orange Metro Fund. “I’m really excited about the University’s progress in the New York City area,” says the Manhattan resident. “I feel good about the great SU community we have here and I want to support its expansion.”
Raymond landed in NYC after earning a dual degree in finance and accounting from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Upon graduation, he joined Ernst & Young, where he spent three years before becoming the sixth person to join Garrison Investment Group, a start-up credit-based hedge and private equity fund. In 2008, he met his wife in New York City. Nyla Saleh is a 2004 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, with a degree in public relations.
Today, Raymond is the CFO of the 65-person firm, which has rapidly grown to manage $3 billion in assets. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my training at SU,” he explains. “I had tremendous help from my professors and my advisor at Whitman. Their mentorship helped me succeed during my four years and actually enjoy myself, despite the challenges.”
His studies were not the only thing to impact Raymond’s life at SU. “My freshman year, I walked on to the men’s NCAA Division 1 swim team, and the combination of practice and competition, along with my coursework, required a lot of discipline.” In his junior and senior years, he was chosen by his teammates to be co-captain of the team—a position he feels was great preparation for his future success.
Being a partial scholarship recipient on the swim team made a significant impact on the financial responsibilities Raymond has to shoulder to attend SU and earn his degree. “It made a substantial difference,” he says, “and I’m grateful to those who made that scholarship possible.” It’s also the basis of his belief that “any deserving student should be able to receive an education at SU, regardless of finances.”
As a Generation Orange alum, Raymond has participated in a number of NYC-based alumni events and cheered on the men’s basketball team at Madison Square Garden. Now he is paying forward the mentorship he received by guiding current Whitman students and making plans to be a guest speaker for a new venture capitalist course being introduced by professor Bill Walsh.
“SU is a wonderful institution, and the best way to ensure that it stays that way is to maintain not only the academic rigor, outstanding faculty, and championship athletics, but the vast, supportive network that continues to open doors for us, even beyond graduation,” he says. “I’m excited to remain involved and connected, especially as we continue to build on these qualities and fortify SU’s presence in the metro New York region.”