Dr. Nancy Cantor Chancellor and President, Syracuse University
Nancy Cantor, a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, is recognized for her scholarly contributions to the understanding of how individuals perceive and think about their social worlds, pursue personal goals, and how they regulate their behavior to adapt to life's most challenging social environments.
Cantor has been an advocate for racial justice and for diversity in higher education, and she has written and lectured widely on these subjects. At the University of Michigan she was closely involved in the university's defense of affirmative action in the cases "Grutter and Gratz," decided by the Supreme Court in 2003. Cantor has also lectured and written extensively on liberal education and the creative campus.
Prior to Syracuse, Cantor was chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has held a variety of administrative positions encompassing all aspects of a research university--from chair of the department of psychology at Princeton to dean of the graduate school and then provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan.
Cantor is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She received the Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association and the Woman of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League. Cantor is the past board chair of the American Association for Higher Education and is chair-elect of the board of the American Council on Education. She serves on the board of trustees of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the American Institutes for Research.