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Nancy Cantor

Board of Governors

Chancellor, Rutgers University - Newark

Nancy Cantor is chancellor of Rutgers University - Newark. Prior to her appointment there, she served as chancellor and president of Syracuse University; chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan; dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Michigan; chair of the department of psychology at Princeton University; and professor of psychology and senior research scientist at the Institute of Social Research.

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Cantor is author and co-author of numerous books, chapters and scientific journal articles. She has served on national bodies including the National Research Council Advisory Committee for the Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel, and as co-chair of its Committee on Women in Science and Engineering. She is a past board member of the National Academies Board on Higher Education and the Workforce, National Academies Roundtable for Science, Technology and Sustainability, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, American Psychological Society, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Cantor has received the Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the Woman of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League, the Making a Difference for Women Award from the National Council for Research on Women, and the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Diversity Leadership Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

A past chair of the board of directors of the American Association for Higher Education and former chair of the board of the American Council on Education, Chancellor Cantor is a board member of the American Institutes for Research, Say Yes to Education, and the Future of Minority Studies, an Honorary Trustee of the American Psychological Foundation and was national co-chair of Imagining America's Tenure Team Initiative.

She received her AB in 1974 from Sarah Lawrence College and her PhD in Psychology in 1978 from Stanford University. Her fields of specialization are personality and social psychology, and personality and cognition.