Meet Our Staff

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.

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

Chris Cofer, Executive Director of Summer@Syracuse

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Chris manages the overall direction of Summer College in collaboration with leadership from Syracuse 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 and became Director of Summer@Syracuse in 2011. 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. 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.


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 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.


Gianna Mangicaro, Pre-College Program Specialist

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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 manages the Summer College website, crafts social media content, and designs Summer College t-shirts, prizes, and giveaways. She 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.


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.