Syracuse U.’s Departing Chief Will Lead Rutgers Branch Campus

Nancy Cantor, the departing president and chancellor of Syracuse University, will be named chancellor of Rutgers University’s Newark campus, The Star-Ledger, a New Jersey newspaper, reported.

In an interview with The Star-Ledger, Ms. Cantor seemed to acknowledge that moving from the presidency of a major private university to run a branch campus in a troubled state system was a surprising decision. “I wasn’t on the lookout for a new presidency for myself,” she said, but she described Newark’s racially diverse, urban campus as “so in my wheelhouse.”

Ms. Cantor, who announced in October that she would step down at Syracuse, has been credited with helping revitalize the community surrounding the university by, among other things, encouraging faculty members to work on research projects with the local schools to increase graduation rates.

But some critics blamed Ms. Cantor’s local focus for Syracuse’s drop in the national rankings. During her tenure the university left the prestigious Association of American Universities rather than be forced out.

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