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  • 2017 Arents Recipients

    The 2017 Arents Award recipients are four extraordinary individuals whose outstanding accomplishments reflect Syracuse University’s strong heritage in business, entertainment, innovation, athletics, and philanthropy. All have led lives of bold imagination, dedication, and tenacity. And all have made the kind of impact on their professions—and on society as a whole—that truly defines leadership.


    Thomas R. Coughlin ’68, G’69

    Thomas R. Coughlin ’68, G’69

    Arents Award Recipient for Excellence in Athletics and Philanthropic Leadership

    Tom Coughlin ’68, G’69 is the executive vice president of football operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). As executive vice president, Coughlin oversees the Jaguars’ day-to-day football operations. Read more...


    Daniel A. D’Aniello ’68

    Daniel A. D’Aniello ’68

    Arents Award Recipient for Excellence in Business and Philanthropic Leadership

    Daniel A. D’Aniello ’68, a Syracuse University Life Trustee, is chairman and co-founder of The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset management company based in Washington, D.C., and operating through 35 offices across six continents with over $160 billion in assets under management. Read more...


    Diane Nelson ’89

    Diane Nelson ’89

    Arents Award Recipient for Excellence in Entertainment

    Diane Nelson is president of DC Entertainment (DCE) and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP). For DC Entertainment, she oversees a vast portfolio of stories and characters, including such cultural icons as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, across all media and platforms, while strategically integrating the DC, Vertigo, and MAD brands throughout Warner Bros. Entertainment and all its content and distribution businesses. Read more...


    Mary Spio ’98

    Mary Spio ’98

    Arents Award Recipient for Excellence in Innovation

    Digital cinema pioneer Mary Spio ’98 is the CEO and president of CEEK VR Inc., a developer of innovative virtual and augmented reality content solutions and experiences. Her companies have created content and technologies used by such global titans as Lucas Films, Universal Music Group, Miami Children’s Hospital, Microsoft XBOX, Tribune News, Clear Channel, and Boeing. Read more...