Syracuse University Magazine

Chancellor's Message

Chancellor Nancy Cantor

As we close in on the end of an academic year in which SU’s impact locally, nationally, and globally set new precedents, we’re also closing in on a goal that will amplify that impact for generations to come: the $1 billion goal of The Campaign for Syracuse University. And true to the spirit of the Orange, we want to do more than just cross that finish line at year’s end: We want to finish strong and carry our momentum through the 21st century.

The incredible outpouring of support already has generated historic and transformative opportunities—for example, through scholarships providing critical aid to students facing new levels of need in this challenging economy, such as the Phanstiel Scholars Program, and through innovative new academic programs that connect disciplines and experiential scholarship, as the newly named Falk College does superbly across fields related to sport and human dynamics. Building on our map of excellence, we have significantly increased the number of endowed chairs and professorships; expanded access and opportunity for students across the socioeconomic spectrum; created signature academic experiences and semester programs that embed students with local “communities of experts”; and pursued dramatic enhancements to our campus infrastructure—including planned construction of an iconic new home, Dineen Hall, for the College of Law—to give students the facilities, technologies, and creative space they need for world-class research and cutting-edge scholarship.

Our signature initiatives continue to garner national praise for their innovative responses to critical challenges of the day—from the Barnes Family Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families co-founded with JPMorgan Chase & Co., which address the increasingly urgent needs of returning soldiers; to the Inclusive Campus Initiative, which advances SU’s role as a global leader in disability rights; to Say Yes to Education, our precedent-setting partnership with the Syracuse City School District and the Say Yes Foundation that empowers urban schoolchildren to achieve their full potential. Initiatives such as these, interwoven with expansive opportunities for our students and faculty to engage the world at signature sites in Syracuse, have positioned SU as a leader among universities embracing their rightful role as anchor institutions in their communities—a role that our publics increasingly look for us to fulfill.

Far beyond Syracuse, we continue to expand our Orange footprint across key “geographies of opportunity,” from Boston to Atlanta and Chicago to L.A., tapping the talents, energy, and passions of our expansive alumni network in ways that raise SU’s profile, boost enrollment, and generate exciting collaborations and scholarship opportunities. If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to connect with your local alumni chapter now, for nothing reflects SU excellence better than the amazing achievements of our alumni!

With our goal in sight, let’s bring all of our Orange energy to driving through the finish. There’s still time for everyone to make an impact. And nothing models the transformative potential of philanthropy for our next generation of alumni better than your remarkable show of support for this campaign. Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to strengthen SU’s vibrant legacy of opportunity and excellence, and advance our role as a 21st-century university committed to scholarship that not only changes lives but changes the world. We couldn’t do it without you!


Nancy Cantor

Chancellor and President