Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse University has selected its next chancellor and president. Kent Syverud, 56, received a unanimous vote from the Board of Trustees.
Syverud did his undergraduate work at rival Georgetown University, but growing up outside of Rochester, the soon-to-be-chancellor says he's been an Orange fan his whole life.
"You have no idea what a big deal Syracuse University was for me growing up and for my family. It defined a lot of things including education, college sports and spirit," Syverud said.
Syverud has been the head of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis since 2006.
Syverud was also one of two independent trustees to oversee the Deepwater Horizon Oil Trust Fund -- the $20 billion fund set up to help the victims of the BP oil spill in 2010.
A graduate of Irondequoit High School in suburban Rochester, the new chancellor also has roots in Upstate New York.
Talking about his new home in Central New York, Syverud says, "Syracuse University is an inspiring institution. One of its most striking characteristics is the way that every constituency - faculty, students, staff, alumni - exudes a balance of humility and ambition, which, I believe, is the essence of what has enabled SU to be so boldly innovative and achieve such great things throughout its history. I am honored by the opportunity to lead SU, determined to help every part of it achieve its potential and, together, carry forward this remarkable legacy."
Syverud will begin his tenure as chancellor and president on Jan. 13.
He will replace Nancy Cantor, who will be the next chancellor at Rutgers University's Newark campus.
He will be introduced at a ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon at Hendricks Chapel.