About Chancellor Cantor

Office of the Chancellor

Nancy Cantor Biography

Rutgers University – Newark
Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington St., Suite 590
Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 973-353-5541
Fax: 973-353-1048

Selected Messages to the University Community

On Protecting Our Students' Rights

Remarks at Marion Thompson Wright Lectures

Remarks at 37th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, Feb. 18, 2017

Opening Remarks at the 2016 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture, Feb. 20, 2016

Welcome Remarks at 35th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, Feb. 21, 2015

Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Welcome Remarks, Feb 15, 2014


Speeches and Messages to the RU-N Community

Remarks at Commencement 2017, May 17, 2017

Loss of a Luminous Alumnus, Al Koeppe, Dec. 7, 2016

Post-Election Message of Support to RU-N Community Members, Nov. 9, 2016

Rutgers University-Newark Commencement 2016 Opening Remarks, Prudential Center, May 18, 2016

Leveraging Our Diversity, Dec. 8, 2015

Statement of Solidarity: On Paris, Nov. 16, 2015

Strategic Plan Update Remarks to the University Senate, Nov. 13, 2015

2015 Commencement Remarks, May 2015

On the Passing of Clement Alexander Price, Nov. 2014

2014 Commencement Opening Remarks, May 2014


Selected Opinion Pieces

Making America Great Again? New Jersey Can Lead the Way Star-Ledger, Jan. 29, 2017

Fulfilling Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream: The Role for Higher Education, The Conversation, Jan. 18, 2016

Why Do We Keep Dropping the Coach's Challenge Flag on Campus Protests? Huffington Post, Jan. 4, 2016

Mirror, mirror: reflections on race and the visage of higher education in America, The Conversation, June 23, 2015 

Selected Speeches

Anchor Institution Coalitions to Reduce Urban Inequality, Keynote address given at the launch of the New Jersey Coalition of Anchor Institutions, Princeton, New Jersey May 30, 2017

Anchor Institution – Community Engagement in Newark: Striving Together, Remarks given at the symposium Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice: Reimagining the University/City Connection at Rutgers University – Camden.

Educating More of Our Children, and Educating Them Together, Keynote address presented at the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland 2016 Dashboard Report Launch, Cleveland, Ohio Mar. 16, 2017

Remarks at the Grand Opening of the Hahne & Co. Building, Jan. 23, 2017

Anchor Institutions and Urban Inequality, Global Urban Futures Conference, Rutgers University-Newark, April 29, 2016

Keynote: Faculty Diversity Matters: Cultivating Wisdom, Moving to Action, University of Minnesota, April 17-19, 2016

Reconnecting with a Shared Public Mission in Shared Governance, Address to University of Pennsylvania Faculty Senate, April 6, 2016

Chancellor's Invited Remarks at Rally in Solidarity with University of Missouri, Nov. 18, 2015

Diversity or Bust: Why Inclusivity Must Become a Top Priority for Higher Education, Oct. 15, 2015

The Looking Glass University: Listening to Strangers and Tending to Democracy, the Anne and Loren Kieve Distinguished Lecture, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, May 29, 2015


Selected Media Citations

March 2017: Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Shares Importance of Diversity One on One with Steve Adubato

Oct. 4, 2016: 'Our Compelling Interests' Inside Higher Ed

July 1, 2016: The Chancellor of Rutgers on Admissions and the Meritocracy The Atlantic

May 19, 2016: A University That Prioritizes the Students Who Are Often Ignored The Atlantic

Beyond the Ivory Tower NPR, Oct. 09, 2015

July 29, 2015: Against the Tide: One College Leader Who Champions Socioeconomic Diversity New America Ed Central

Against the Tide: Chancellor Cantor Stands Out Among Higher-Ed Leaders for Commitment to Socioeconomic Diversity The Hechinger Report, July 29, 2015

Spring 2015: Nancy Cantor on "Due Process"

Spring 2014: Community Organizer, an interview with Chancellor Nancy Cantor Rutgers Magazine

June 2014: Radius Magazine: Dinner with Chancellor Nancy Cantor

May 2, 2014: Reflections on the First Four Months, on NJTV

Fall 2013: Getting to Know Her: an Interview with Chancellor Nancy Cantor

Nancy Cantor to Become Chancellor of Rutgers-Newark


Selected Publications

Expanding Educational Access: A Critical Anchor Institution Mission (with Peter Englot), Journal on Anchor Institutions and Communities, Vol. 1, p. 4 (2016)

Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Future of Affirmative Action: Chapter 2: Defining the  Stakes

Psychological Science in Public: It Takes a Diverse Village to Make a Difference (with Peter Englot), in Collaboration in Psychological Science, Eugene Borgida and Richard Zweigenshaft, eds., forthcoming

Reinventing Scholar-Educators as Citizens and Public Workers (with Peter Englot), in Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, & the Future of Colleges and Universities, Harry C. Boyte, ed., Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2015

Civic Renewal of Higher Education through Renewed Commitment to the Public Good (with Peter Englot), in Civic Engagement, Civic Development, and Higher Education, Jill N. Reich, ed., Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities Press, April 2014

Making the Work of Anchor Institutions Stick: Building Coalitions and Collective Expertise (with Peter Englot and Marilyn Higgins), Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Vol. 17, Number 3, p. 17 (2013)

Beyond the “Ivory Tower”: Restoring the Balance of Private and Public Purposes of General Education (with Peter Englot), The Journal of General Education, Vol. 62, Numbers 2-3 (2013)