Nancy L. Zimpher

Chancellor, The State University of New York

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher is an active leader in numerous state and national education organizations and is nationally recognized in the areas of teacher preparation, urban education, and university-community engagement. As co-founder of Strive, a community-based cradle-to-career collaborative, Zimpher has been instrumental in creating a national network of innovative systemic partnerships that holistically address challenges across the education pipeline. She led the national Coalition of Urban Serving Universities from 2005-2011 and recently co-chaired NCATE’s blue-ribbon panel on transforming teacher preparation. Currently, she serves as chair of the New York Academy of Sciences Board of Governors and chair of CEOs for Cities Board of Directors.

In June 2009, Zimpher became the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York, where she spearheaded and launched a new strategic plan for SUNY in her first year as chancellor. The central goal of the plan, called The Power of SUNY, is to harness the university’s potential to drive economic revitalization and create a better future for every community across New York.

She has authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs, and academic journal articles on teacher education, urban education, academic leadership, and school/university partnerships.

Dr. Zimpher previously 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.