May 8, 2009
Syracuse University President to Receive Honorary Degree at Commencement
Syracuse University President and Chancellor Nancy Cantor will receive an honorary doctor of laws during Emory University’s commencement May 11.
Cantor joins three other honorary degree recipients this year: Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, who will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree and deliver the keynote address at Emory’s 164th commencement ceremony; former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, currently director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, who will receive a doctor of science; and Robert Spano, Grammy-Award winning conductor and music director for the Atlanta Symphony, who will receive a doctor of music.
Cantor is Syracuse’s 11th chancellor and president as well as Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. A native New Yorker, Cantor came to Syracuse from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was chancellor. She received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University.
Cantor lectures and writes extensively on crucial issues in higher education, including the role of universities in their communities, sustainability, liberal education and the creative campus, the status of women in the academy, and racial justice and diversity. A social psychologist and author of numerous books, chapters, and scientific articles, Cantor is recognized for her scholarly contributions to the understanding of how individuals perceive and think about their social worlds, pursue personal goals, and regulate their behavior to adapt to life’s most challenging social environments.
Prior to her appointment at Syracuse, Cantor served in many university leadership roles, including chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan and dean of its Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies; and chair of the Department of Psychology at Princeton University. She also was professor of psychology and senior research scientist at the Institute of Social Research.
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 has also 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.