Syracuse University

Kent D. Syverud Named 12th Chancellor and President of Syracuse University

SyverudKent D. Syverud, dean of the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, has been selected to be the 12th Chancellor and President of Syracuse University. The announcement was made today by Richard L. Thompson G’67, Chairman of the SU Board of Trustees, following a unanimous vote yesterday afternoon by the Board of Trustees, where members affirmed the unanimous recommendations of the Chancellor Search Committee and the Board’s Executive Committee.

Chancellor Search Update

August 21, 2013:  As the new academic year begins, the work of the Chancellor Search Committee continues to move forward. The input that the Committee received from our broad University constituency earlier this year continues to inform and support the search process, which remains on schedule.

June 5, 2013: The work of the Search Committee is well underway. The portion of the search process dedicated to gaining input from our broad constituency is complete. We received hundreds of responses to the online survey and a range of nominations and other feedback was submitted to the Committee via the chancellor search email address. As indicated in the Committee’s timeline, the Committee is now in the process of reviewing the credentials of specific candidates and will begin the interview process later this summer.


In October 2012, Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor announced that she will conclude her tenure when her current contract ends in June 2014.

In November 2012, we announced the formation of a search committee to select the next individual to lead our University. In January 2013, the full membership of the Chancellor Search Committee was announced. Its composition and the process by which this distinguished and inclusive group was selected may be found here.

As the Search Committee commences its work, we encourage every member of the Syracuse University community to participate and provide input on the academic, professional, and personal credentials and qualities you believe are important for our next Chancellor. There are many ways for your voice to be heard – from open informational meetings, an online survey, and directly via email at

With the outstanding search committee we have in place and the open process inviting the best thinking of SU’s broad constituencies, we are confident that the candidates ultimately presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration will enable SU to attract a leader of the caliber befitting this remarkable university community.


Alper Thompson

Judge Joanne F. Alper ’72
Chair, Chancellor Search Committee

Richard L. Thompson G’67
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Read Chancellor Cantor’s October 2012 Message to the University Community

Read Chairman Thompson’s Statement about Chancellor Cantor’s tenure.