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Chancellor Cantor to receive honorary degree from University of Michigan

December 15, 2011

Sara Miller
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On Sunday, Dec. 18, Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor will receive an honorary degree from the University of Michigan (U-M). The honorary doctor of laws degree will be presented at U-M's winter commencement exercises at the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Cantor is one of four honorary degree candidates, including Jill Ellen Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times; scientist Leslie Benet, professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco; and author Robert David Putnam, the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University.

A former provost at U-M, Cantor is SU’s 11th chancellor and president and is helping forge a new understanding of the role of universities in society as SU pursues its vision, Scholarship in Action.

“We’re proud that that Chancellor Cantor is being recognized for her distinguished leadership in higher education by the University of Michigan,” says Richard L. Thompson, chairman of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees. “It is another recognition of the Chancellor’s overall academic achievements and her national role in pursing public scholarship and understanding the critical importance of universities as anchor institutions in their communities.”

A distinguished professor of psychology and women’s studies in The College of Arts and Sciences, Cantor received her A.B. from Sarah Lawrence College and her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University. Among Cantor's honorary degrees are a doctor of education degree from Northeastern University, and a doctor of laws degree from Emory University. To read more about Cantor, visit:

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