SUs 11th Chancellor
sees Syracuse University as a vibrant, energetic institution that
can make a difference. Over the last decade, Syracuse has
positioned itself to be at the cutting edge of preparing students
to be citizens of a technologically intensive, globally interconnected,
and demographically changing world, she says. It demonstrates
an extraordinary combination of excellence in the professions and
in liberal education. The size and diversity of the institution,
its student-centered philosophy and engagement with the world, and
its collaborative spirit of public interest speak to a readiness
to make a differencelocally, across the state, and across
the globein the arts, the sciences, the professions and, most
excitingly, at their intersection.
build on this vision as the 11th Chancellor and President of Syracuse
University. The first woman in the Universitys 134-year history
to hold the chancellorship, she succeeds Kenneth A. Shaw, who will
retire from the position August 1. Since 2001, Cantor has been the
chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a
public land grant institution that is the states largest university,
with more than 38,000 students, 1,900 faculty, and 5,500 staff.
She previously served as a department chair at Princeton University,
and as dean of the graduate school and then provost and executive
vice president at the University of Michigan.
Cantor is also
a preeminent scholar in social and personality psychology. At SU,
she will be a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Womens
Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her husband, Steven
Brechin, an environmental sociologist, will join the faculty as
a professor of sociology at the Maxwell School and the College of
Arts and Sciences. They have two children, Maddy, 18, a freshman
at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and Archie, 14.
I am confident
we have chosen the ideal person to carry forward the vision of Chancellor
Shaw and the Board of Trustees and take the University to the next
level, says Board of Trustees Chair Joseph O. Lampe 53,
G55, who led the Chancellors Search Committee. Lampe
announced Cantors appointment at a news conference on campus
February 6, following a Board of Trustees meeting that morning in
New York City, where her nomination was unanimously approved.
be happier with the selection of Dr. Cantor, Chancellor Shaw
says. She is a distinguished educator and perfect for Syracuse
University at this time in its history.
The New York
City native received a bachelors degree in 1974 from Sarah
Lawrence College (where she is now a trustee) and earned a Ph.D.
in psychology from Stanford University in 1978. She is widely recognized
for her contributions to the understanding of how individuals perceive
and think about their social world, pursue personal goals across
the life course, and regulate their behavior to adapt to lifes
many challenging social environments. She is co-author or co-editor
of three books, and has written or collaborated on some 90 book
chapters and journal articles. Cantors scholarly accomplishments
have garnered her many awards and honors, including election to
the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She is a tireless advocate for the role of the social and behavioral
sciences in addressing societys critical issues, and has served
on various National Research Council and National Science Foundation
committees and on the board of the Center for Advanced Studies in
the Behavioral Sciences. Her national service has included leadership
roles on several committees and commissions examining the future
of the nations science and engineering workforce.
for her support of liberal learning and civic engagement, Cantor
speaks passionately about higher educations role in preparing
students to live and work in a multiracial democracy. She played
a leading role in defending affirmative action in lawsuits against
the University of Michigan. She serves on the boards of the American
Association for Higher Education (which she chaired in 2002-03),
the National Survey of Student Engagement, the American Council
on Education, and several other organizations, and is a member of
the executive committee of the Association of American Universities.
She also is active with arts organizations and in her local community,
seeking to enhance economic development and the quality of life.
clear to me that Syracuse University is a place on the moveone
that knows its strengths and will readily partner with other scholars
and institutions, community organizations, political leaders, alumni,
and friends to create knowledge and change lives, Cantor says.
I couldnt be happier that I will soon be calling it