Chancellor Emeritus, State University of New York

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher HeadshotNancy L. Zimpher became the 12th chancellor of the State University of New York in June 2009. With nearly 463,000 students and 64 colleges and universities, SUNY is the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education.

Under Zimpher’s leadership, SUNY is undertaking many innovative, system-enhancing initiatives, including shared services, dramatic expansion of online learning opportunities and cooperative education, and new partnerships with K-12 professionals.

She currently serves as chair of the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences and the National Association of System Heads. From 2012 to 2013 she was chaired CEOs for Cities, and from 2005 to 2011 she led the national Coalition of Urban Serving Universities. As co-founder of StriveTogether, Zimpher has been instrumental in creating a national network of innovative systemic partnerships that holistically address challenges across the education pipeline.

Before coming to SUNY, Zimpher served as president of the University of Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and executive dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at The Ohio State University. She has authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs, and academic journal articles on teacher education, urban education, academic leadership and school/university partnerships.

Zimpher holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education and Speech, a master’s degree in English Literature, and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Higher Education Administration, all from Ohio State.