The Summer College office is comprised of dedicated and 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 Marketing and Communications Coordinator, an Office Coordinator, and an Administrative Support Coordinator. During the summer, dozens of offices and departments around the University are involved in program operations.
Chris Cofer, Executive Director of the Office of Pre-College Programs
Cofer manages the overall direction of Summer College in collaboration with leadership from Syracuse University schools and colleges. He also supervises program development, enrollment management, and marketing and recruitment.
Cofer has been working in the pre-college space for more than 25 years. He specializes in working with faculty to create immersive, experiential, and transformational programs. He joined Syracuse University in April 2007. Cofer was acknowledged as the 2018 New York ACT College and Career Readiness Postsecondary Champion for his dedication to assisting underrepresented and underserved students in navigating their future educational and professional career. He earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and American literature from Northern Arizona University in 1996, and a master’s degree in outdoor and environmental education from SUNY Cortland in 2002.
Gianna Mangicaro, Pre-College Program Specialist
Gianna’s responsibilities range from processing applications to developing events and activities. Gianna also designs various video and media content, Summer College t-shirts, prizes, and giveaways and also manages the Summer College Ambassador Program.
Gianna graduated summa cum laude and as a Whitman Scholar from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in management 2018. While earning her undergraduate degree, Gianna worked at SU’s MakerSpace Lab where she assisted in teaching the Summer College MakerSpace & 3D Printing program for three summers. Gianna started working at Summer College in February 2018. She is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.
Christine Signy, Pre-College Program Specialist
Christine’s responsibilities include application processing, enrollment management, and working with parents regarding student accounts. She also supports faculty with program development and delivery.
Originally from Portsmouth, England, Christine worked for Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) for 15 years before joining Summer College in April 2020. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in information management and technology with a minor in global enterprise from Syracuse University in 2015. In 2017, Christine earned a master’s degree in instructional design, development, and evaluation from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Syracuse Alumni board and the Hendrick Chapel Quilters.
Amy Kruse, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Amy manages all marketing and communications for Summer College including social media, website content, email communications, print advertising, and digital marketing.
After graduating from Le Moyne College with a bachelor’s degree 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 a master’s degree in communications at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Aprille Logan, Office 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 bachelor’s degree 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.
Tyler Bell, Administrative Coordinator
Tyler’s responsibilities include reviewing applications for sponsored programs, coordinating transportation requests for students and faculty, and supporting students with academic resources.
Tyler graduated from Syracuse University with combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in history and social studies education (Grades 7-12) in 2012. He has been a teacher, department chair, and instructional coach in New York City public and charter schools. Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D at Syracuse University in cultural foundation of education with research interests concentrating on the social and political relationships between museums, education, and community.