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    James Arthur (Art) Monk Sr. ’80

    Art Monk ’80 is principal of Art Monk Companies, located in Northern Virginia. An outstanding football letter winner at Syracuse, Monk joined the Washington Redskins in 1980. In 1997, he was the Redskins’ all-time leading receiver, with 888 receptions and 12,026 receiving yards. In 1994, he joined the New York Jets and, a year later, the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Monk has earned significant records and accolades as a business professional and football player, including being named All-American in 1979, and, upon his graduation from Syracuse in 1980, he was listed as the all-time leading receiver. Monk was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. 

    However, Monk prefers to be known for his engagement with Every Child Fed, a vision of two fellow business partners that was founded in 2000. The foundation’s mission is to harness their collective passion, energy, gifts, talents, resources and determination to deploy self-sustaining manufacturing facilities of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, and mobilize feeding clinics to distribute life-saving Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food to severely malnourished children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    For Syracuse University, Monk is a member of the Executive Committee and the Academic Affairs and Facilities committees. He received the Arents Award, the University’s highest alumni honor, in 2012. He and his wife, Desiree ’81, are the parents of Danielle, James, and Monica ’09.