Syracuse University History:


Chancellors of Syracuse University


Alexander Winchell

Chancellor Winchell (1824-1891)

Term of Office: February 1873-1874
Inauguration Date: February 13, 1873

Before serving as Chancellor of Syracuse University:
President of Masonic University in Selma, Alabama
Professor at the University of Michigan
Director of the Michigan Geological Survey

After resigning as the Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Professor at Vanderbilt University
Professor at the University of Michigan
President of the Geological Society of America

Alexander Winchell Papers


Erastus Otis Haven

Chancellor Haven (1820-1881)

Term of Office: 1874 -1880
Inauguration Date: September 15, 1874

Before serving as Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Principal of Amenia Seminary in New York
Professor at Michigan University
State Senator of Massachusetts
President of Michigan University
President of Northwestern University
Secretary of the Board of Education of the Methodist Episcopal Church

After resigning as the Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Bishop of the Methodist Church

Erastus O. Haven Papers


Charles N Sims

Chancellor Sims (1835-1908)

Term of Office: June 1881 - Oct 1893
Inauguration Date: June 28, 1881

Before serving as Chancellor of Syracuse University:
President of Valparaiso Male and Female College
Minister in the Methodist Church

After resigning as the Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Minister of the First Methodist Church in Syracuse, New York
Trustee of Syracuse University

Charles N. Sims Collection


James Roscoe Day

Chancellor Day (1845-1923)

Term of Office: April 1894 - June 1922
Inauguration Date: June 27, 1894

Before serving as Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Minister in the Methodist Church in Bath, Maine
Minister of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church in Syracuse, New York

James Roscoe Day Papers


Charles Wesley Flint

Chancellor Flint (1878-1964)

Term of Office: 1922-1936
Inauguration Date: November 17, 1922

Before serving as Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Minister in the Methodist Church
President of Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa

After resigning as the Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Bishop of the Methodist Church



William Pratt Graham

Chancellor Graham (1871-1962)

Term of Office: May 1937 - September 1942
Inauguration Date: no formal Inauguration

Before serving as Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Class of 1893, Syracuse University
Professor of Electrical Engineering at Syracuse University
Dean of the College of Applied Science at Syracuse University
Vice Chancellor of Syracuse University
Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Syracuse University

After resigning as the Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Common Councilor of Syracuse, New York


William Pearson Tolley

Chancellor Tolley (1900-1996)

Term of Office: September 1942 - September 1969
Inauguration Date: November 14, 1942

Before serving as Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Class of 1922, Syracuse University
Dean of Brothers College, Drew Seminary
President of Allegheny College
President of the Association of American Colleges

William P. Tolley Papers


John Edward Corbally, Jr.

Chancellor Corbally (1924-2004)

Term of Office: September 1, 1969 - March 10, 1971
Inauguration Date: April 30, 1970

Before serving as Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Provost and Vice President of Ohio State University

After resigning as the Chancellor of Syracuse University:
President of the University of Illinois
President of the MacArthur Foundation


Melvin Arnold Eggers

Chancellor Eggers (1916-1994)

Term of Office: (Interim) March 15, 1971
Chancellor June 4, 1971 - August 20, 1991

Before serving as Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Associate Professor of Economics at Syracuse University
Chairman of Economics Department at Syracuse University
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Provost at Syracuse University



Kenneth A. (Buzz) Shaw

Chancellor Shaw
Term of Office: August 20, 1991 - July 31, 2004
Inauguration Date: November 8, 1991

Before serving as Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Vice President and Dean of the University at Towson State University
President of Southern Illinois University
Chancellor of the Southern Illinois University System
President of the University of Wisconsin

After resigning as the Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Chancellor Emeritus and University Professor at Syracuse University


Nancy Cantor

Chancellor Cantor
Term of Office: August 1, 2004 - December 31, 2013
Inauguration Date: November 5, 2004

Before serving as Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Department Chair of Psychology at Princeton University
Dean of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs -     Graduate Education at the University of Michigan
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan
Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

After resigning as the Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark


Kent D. Syverud

Chancellor Syverud
Term of Office: January 13, 2014 -

Before serving as the Chancellor of Syracuse University:
Clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
Associate with Washington, D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at University of Michigan School of Law
Dean of Vanderbilt Law School
Dean, Washington University School of Law