The University Record, April 23, 2001

Provost Cantor named chancellor at U-I Urbana-Champaign

By Deborah Greene
News and Information Services

Nancy Cantor, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, has been appointed chancellor of the University of Illinois (U-I) at Urbana-Champaign. She will begin her new position in August.

“This news is wonderful for higher education and even better for the University of Illinois,” U-M President Lee C. Bollinger said when Cantor’s appointment was announced April 17. “Nancy’s academic and institutional leadership has been strong and vibrant, and her appointment as chancellor for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is richly deserved.

“She has served the University of Michigan with enormous distinction, and with every ounce of her energy and drive. We are most grateful to Nancy for her distinguished work and dedication, and wish her every success in this important new role.”

Chartered in 1867, the University of Illinois is a public, land-grant institution that enrolled 64,973 students in fall 2000 across its three campuses in Chicago, Springfield and the University’s original site at Urbana-Champaign. As chancellor of Urbana-Champaign, Cantor will lead all academic and administrative affairs for a community of 2,000 faculty, 26,000 undergraduates, and 10,000 graduate and professional students working in more than 150 fields of study. The annual Urbana-Champaign budget is about $1 billion, of which approximately 27 percent comes from state appropriations.

“Nancy Cantor has everything that the U-I at Urbana-Champaign, one of the world’s great public universities, deserves,” said U-I President James J. Stukel in released remarks. He will recommend approval of Cantor’s appointment by the U-I Board of Trustees in May. The board’s chairman, Gerald W. Shea, said he anticipates unanimous approval.

Before her appointment as U-M provost and executive vice president in 1997, Cantor served as vice provost for academic affairs for graduate studies and as dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies (1996). Previously, she spent 10 years as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Social Research. She served as associate dean for faculty programs at Rackham 1989–1991. She left the U-M to join the faculty at Princeton University, where she was chair of the Department of Psychology and professor of psychology 1991–96.