Scholarship in Action and the Public Mission of Universities

December 7, 2010
Blume Banquet Hall, Fifth floor, Cashion Academic Center
Hankamer School of Business

About Dr. Nancy Cantor

Nancy CantorChancellor and President Nancy Cantor is helping forge a new understanding of the role of universities in society as Syracuse University pursues its vision, Scholarship in Action. This entails a view of the university not as a traditional "ivory tower," but as a public good, an anchor institution that collaborates with partners from all sectors of the economy to serve the needs of society more effectively.

Under Chancellor Cantor's leadership, Syracuse University is building on its historical strengths, pursuing cross-sector collaborations in the City of Syracuse that simultaneously enrich scholarship and education, and change the face of the industrial city. The breadth, depth, and success of these efforts earned SU the distinction of being among the first institutions to earn the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's classification as a university committed to Community Engagement and also earned Chancellor Cantor the 2008 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award.

Chancellor Cantor lectures and writes extensively on the role of universities as anchor institutions in their communities, along with other crucial issues in higher education such as sustainability, liberal education and the creative campus, the status of women in the academy, and racial justice and diversity. Her thought is informed by extensive leadership experience at all levels within public and private universities.

An author of numerous books, chapters, and scientific journal articles, Chancellor Cantor is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability.