Syracuse University Magazine

Process to Identify Candidates Begins

SU Board of Trustees Chairman Richard L. Thompson G’67 has announced the membership of the Chancellor Search Committee and details about the search process that will identify the successor to Chancellor Nancy Cantor, who announced in October that she will conclude her tenure as Chancellor when her current contract ends in June 2014. The committee, chaired by Trustee Vice Chair Judge Joanne F. Alper ’72, is composed of trustees, faculty, students, a staff member, a deans’ representative, and a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet. The committee’s charge will be to identify and recommend potential candidates for the board to consider as the University’s 12th Chancellor and President. “Judge Alper has launched the search on precisely the path needed to select the next Chancellor for the University,” Thompson says. “A hallmark of the SU community long has been its distinctive inclusiveness, and Joanne has overseen the composition of both an open search process and an outstanding search committee that assures us of benefiting from the best thinking of SU’s broad constituencies.”

The Board of Trustees has retained the executive search firm Spencer Stuart to assist with the identification of highly qualified candidates. In addition, a new web site dedicated exclusively to the search process was established. The University will also offer an online survey and host several open informational meetings to update SU community members on the search process and how they can provide ideas and input to the committee as it undertakes its work. “Among the steps we will take to assure an open process will be providing ample opportunity for stakeholders across the campus community to articulate their aspirations and offer input,” Alper says. “I am especially hopeful that our alumni from coast to coast and around the world will seize this opportunity to engage as stewards of this institution, which means so much to all of us. I am confident we will attract candidates of the highest caliber.”  

—Office of News Services