Syracuse selects Georgetown grad as next University President and Chancellor

Earlier today, Syracuse University announced that Kent D. Syverud (SFS ’77), was selected by the SU Board of Trustees to be the University’s next Chancellor and President. It still remains unclear whether the former Hoya will root for the good old blue and gray, or the sinister Orange.

Syverud was the dean of the Washington University School of Law prior to this appointment and has held similar positions at other national universities for the past 20 years.

Syracuse’s profile of their Chancellor-designate describes him as “a visionary and a strategic thinker with a keen ability to anticipate changes in the rapidly evolving higher education landscape.” No matter how good his foresight, Syverud likely did not anticipate someday running his own alma mater’s arch-rival during his four years at Georgetown.

Syverud’s done some pretty impressive stuff, like clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and serving as a trustee on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust, a $20 billion fund to aid damages from the BP oil spill. Vox hates oil spills as much as the next blog, but working for Syracuse? Really?

Syverud is a native of upstate New York, which may explain his traitorous decision to join Syracuse, which can also be found up north. There must be some way to change his mind. It’s never too late for one more Chicken Madness.

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