Dr. Nancy Cantor
Chancellor of Rutgers University - Newark
Nancy Cantor is Chancellor of Rutgers University – Newark. Previously, she was chancellor and president of Syracuse University; chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, where she was closely involved in the defense of affirmative action in 2003 Supreme Court cases Grutter and Gratz. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, member of the National Academy of Medicine, board member of the American Institutes for Research and New York Academy of Sciences, co-chair of Imagining America’s Presidents Council, and member of the National Science Foundation Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering, Anchor Institution Task Force, Ford Foundation International Fellows Program Advisory Council, and Policy and Global Affairs Committee of the National Academies. Cantor co-edits with Earl Lewis the Our Compelling Interests book series for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the recipient of the Robert Zemsky Medal for Innovation in Higher Education, American Council on Education Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award, Anti-Defamation League Woman of Achievement Award, National Council for Research on Women Making a Difference for Women Award, and 2008 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award.