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Syracuse Stage announces new board president, treasurer

By Journal Staff


Bethaida (Bea) González. Photo credit: Syracuse Stage

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse Stage announced that Bethaida (Bea) González, dean of University College, is its new Board of Trustees president. González has been a Syracuse Stage board member since 2000, most recently serving as treasurer.

Replacing González as board treasurer is Lorraine Branham, dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

“I am beyond excited to become the president of the Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees at such an exciting time in the organization’s history and looking forward to working with new leadership and the wealth of experience that makes up our board,” González said in a news release. “As we embark on the 44th season of locally produced professional theatre, I am confident that everyone at Syracuse Stage, from the staff to actors to volunteers, will collaborate to bring our community the best productions yet.”

Lorraine Branham. Photo credit: Syracuse Stage

Branham has been a university trustee on the Syracuse Stage board for several years. At the Newhouse School, Branham successfully directed an $18 million fundraising campaign. Prior to her tenure in education, she was a newspaper journalist.

Syracuse Stage also announced several new board members:

  • George S. Bain, freelance editor and writer
  • Robin Curtis, associate real-estate broker, Berkshire Hathaway and Zellar Homes, and retired television, film and theatre actress
  • Neil Gold, founder and former VP, Gold Pure Food Products
  • Jacki Goldberg, community volunteer
  • Kendall Phillips, associate dean, Global Academic Programs and Initiatives, Syracuse University
  • Robert Sarason, retired lawyer, specializing in social-justice work
  • Michael Tick, dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University

Syracuse Stage is a professional theatre in residence at Syracuse University. Founded in 1974, it has produced more than 300 plays in its existence. Syracuse Stage says it attracts about 70,000 people annually to its plays and musicals.

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