Meet Our Staff

The Summer College office is comprised of dedicated, caring professionals who are devoted to making the program run smoothly and effectively for all students, faculty, and residential staff. Year-round, the program is administered by an Executive Director, a Program Manager, a Program Coordinator, and an Office Coordinator. During the summer, dozens of offices and departments around the University are involved in program operations.

Please don’t hesitate to call 315.443.5000 or e-mail us at with your questions and/or concerns.

Chris Cofer, Executive Director of Summer@Syracuse

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Chris manages the overall direction of Summer College for High School Students in collaboration with leadership from University schools and colleges. He also supervises programming, application processing, and recruitment.

Chris joined Syracuse University in April 2007 as the Director of Summer College for High School Students and became Director of Summer@Syracuse in 2011. He earned a BA in Creative Writing and American Literature from Northern Arizona University in 1996, and an MS in Outdoor and Environmental Education from SUNY Cortland in 2002. Chris is very involved in the Syracuse University community, sitting on two appeals boards and as a member of the Strategic Planning Undergraduate Enrollment Sub-committee.


Mary Collier, Operations Manager

In addition to managing the day-to-day functions of the Summer College department, Mary is responsible for the office’s overall efficiency as it relates to administration, budget, and staff.

Mary graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A in Liberal Studies. She worked in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University before joining Summer College in May 2016. Mary has completed coursework as part of a master’s degree program in Cultural Foundations of Education at the School of Education.



Amy Kruse, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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Amy manages all marketing and communications for Summer College including social media, website content, email communications, advertising, and digital marketing.

After graduating from Le Moyne College with a B.A. in English, Amy moved to Los Angeles, CA where she lived for ten years. She held jobs at KCRW Radio, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, and the American Film Institute before returning to Central New York. Amy started working for Summer College in February 2018. She is currently earning her M.S. in Communications at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.


Gianna Mangicaro, Office Coordinator

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Gianna’s responsibilities range from vetting applications and processing international visas to working with faculty to coordinate field trips and planning events and activities. Gianna also designs the Summer College website, social media content, and Summer College t-shirts, prizes, giveaways. She also manages the Summer College Ambassador Program.

Gianna graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management with a B.S. in Management and as a Whitman Scholar in May 2018. While earning her undergraduate degree, Gianna worked at SU’s MakerSpace lab and assisted in teaching the Summer College MakerSpace & 3D Printing program for three summers. Gianna has been a Lead Facilitator for SU’s First Year Experience Shared Reading program since 2018 and is a Wellness Champion for University College. She will begin the MBA program at Whitman in January 2020.


Aprille Logan, Administrative Support Coordinator

Aprille joined the Summer College team in March 2019. She responds to phone calls and email inquiries, processes applications and forms, and maintains internal databases.

Aprille graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a B.S. in Psychology. She was a UPK (Universal Prekindergarten) teacher and later the director of Childtime Children’s Center in Syracuse. Aprille currently runs a small health and wellness business in addition to working at Summer College.