Syracuse University Magazine

Exciting Times


These are exciting times at Syracuse University. On January 13, 2014, Chancellor-designate Kent Syverud will be installed as our 12th Chancellor. A native of the Rochester, New York, area, he currently holds the position of dean of the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. During Orange Central, I had the privilege of meeting and spending time with our new Chancellor and his wife, Dr. Ruth Chen, who is an environmental toxicologist. They graciously stopped by the combined meeting of the SU Alumni Association Board of Directors and SU Alumni Club Presidents to introduce themselves. They were warmly welcomed by an enthusiastic group of alumni leaders who promised to help them learn how to “Bleed Orange!”

Also in January, we officially bid farewell to Nancy Cantor, our 11th Chancellor and President. On behalf of alumni everywhere, I would like to thank outgoing Chancellor Cantor for her accomplishments at SU. The success of our transformational billion-dollar campaign is due in large part to her leadership. We wish Nancy all the best as she takes on a new challenge as the Chancellor of Rutgers-Newark.

Adding to the fall’s excitement is the beginning of a new era for Syracuse Athletics with SU’s inauguration into the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). As our fall sports teams adjust to competition in the new league, we’ll continue to learn more about the ACC schools and get ready to welcome them to the Dome for basketball. I know the Orange will rise to the challenge and make us proud—especially when so many loyal SU fans are cheering them on!

Go Orange!

Laurie Taishoff ’84
President, Syracuse University Alumni Association