Kent Syverud

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Kent Syverud is an American legal scholar. He is the 12th Chancellor of Syracuse University, commencing his term of office on January 13, 2014.[1][2]

Education and early career[edit]

Syverud earned a bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1977, a law degree magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981, and a master's degree in economics from the University of Michigan in 1983.[3] After graduating from law school, Syverud clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor during the October 1984 term.[4] Later, in private practice, Syverud was an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm of WilmerHale.

Professor of law[edit]

From 1987 to 1997, Syverud taught complex litigation, insurance law, and civil procedure at Vanderbilt University and at the University of Michigan Law School. Syverud served as Dean of the Vanderbilt University Law School from 1997 to 2005, where he was the Garner Anthony Professor of Law. He became dean of the Washington University School of Law and the Ethan A. H. Shepley University Professor in 2005.[5]

Syverud's scholarly work focuses on legal education, complex litigation, insurance, and civil procedure. He is the author of numerous articles on these subjects and is a former editor of the Journal of Legal Education.

University president[edit]

On September 12, 2013, he was named the 12th Chancellor and President of Syracuse University, succeeding Nancy Cantor.[2]

Public service[edit]

In August 2010, Syverud was appointed Independent Trustee, with Judge John Martin, of the $20 billion British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust.[6]

In 2012, Syverud was chair-elect of the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Nancy Cantor
Chancellor of Syracuse University