Kent Syverud

Syverud.pngChancellor, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Chancellor Kent Syverud is the 12th Chancellor and President of Syracuse University.

Recognized as a legal scholar and a thoughtful and collaborative leader, he quickly earned distinction as a bold, strategic visionary by putting forth a comprehensive plan to strengthen and grow the University. Chancellor Syverud articulated both a vision—and a framework to achieve it—that promises to deliver an outstanding undergraduate experience, empower research excellence, embrace innovation and position Syracuse as the best university in the world for veterans. 

A native of Irondequoit in Upstate New York, Chancellor Syverud came to Syracuse from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as dean and Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at the School of Law. Prior to that, he served as dean at Vanderbilt Law School and as associate dean for academic affairs, and as professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

Chancellor Syverud holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a law degree and master’s in economics from the University of Michigan. He remains passionate about teaching and continues to teach a course each semester as a member of the College of Law and School of Education faculties.  In 2016, Chancellor Syverud completed six years of service as one of the two trustees of the $20 billion Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust. In January 2017, he began a two-year term as Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

He is married to Dr. Ruth Chen, an environmental toxicologist and professor of practice at Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. They are the parents of three grown sons: Steven, Brian, and David.