Nancy Cantor Named Chancellor of the Newark Campus of Rutgers University

cantorNancy Cantor, who recently stepped down as the 11th chancellor of Syracuse University in New York, has been named the chancellor of the Newark campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey. She has been chancellor at Syracuse since 2004 and will assume her new duties on January 1.

At the news conference announcing the appointment, Dr. Cantor said, “As a social psychologist, I am devoted to the action research tradition where scholarly excellence and social impact go hand in hand,” Cantor said. “As an educational leader, I have devoted my advocacy to making more real the promise of higher education as the road to social mobility, a context for democratic practice and a participant in community building and public problem-solving.

“Rutgers-Newark is a place where all of these impulses come together in a remarkable way – as a research university creating innovation, engaging in public scholarship, educating the next diverse generation and partnering to make a difference in a remarkably resilient city where the global becomes local, and the future is being charted,” Dr. Cantor added. “I am very grateful to be able to be a part of that future, and part of the community of experts that will make it happen.”

Prior to her appointment at Syracuse, Dr. Cantor served as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. Previously, she had been chair of the department of psychology at Princeton University.

Dr. Cantor is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University.

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