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Bethaida “Bea” González


Bethaida “Bea” González, born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, and a long-time resident of Syracuse, New York, has more than 30 years of experience in continuing education as well as a distinguished record of public service.    

Ms. González joined University College of Syracuse University (UC) in 1984 as an academic advisor.  After serving as associate dean at UC, she was appointed Interim Dean in 2004 and Dean 2007.  In 2014 she was appointed Special Assistant to the Chancellor.

In addition to being recognized with numerous awards and honors for outstanding leadership in public and community service, Ms. González has been elected to public office three times.  In fall 2001, she was the first Latina to be elected president of the Common Council for the City of Syracuse. 

As dean of Syracuse University’s college of continuing education and summer sessions, Ms. González directly supervises the maintenance of program quality in continuing education and summer programs. 

She has served on and is a member of several professional organizations. Ms. Gonzales earned a Master of Arts from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a Certificate in Public Administration also from SU’s Maxwell School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, NY.

Among her many honors, Ms. González has been recognized as an Hispanic American of Distinction in New York State, and as an Unsung Heroine by the Central New York National Organization of Women.  In 2013, she was given the Latino American of Central New York award; and in 2014 she received the NAACP Community Service Award and the CNY American Institute of Architects Award. In 2015 she was given special recognition for her Multicultural Diversity Achievements by the Syracuse Business Women, and for her commitment and accomplishment in the CNY region by New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli.

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