Photograph of Chancellor James Roscoe Day speaking at Commencement in Archbold Gymnasium, 1916
A Legacy of Leadership: The Chancellors and Presidents of Syracuse University


In the 150-year history of Syracuse University, only 12 individuals have held the position of Chancellor. These leaders have seen the University through periods of financial hardship, campus transformation, protest and unrest, incredible growth in student and faculty numbers, historic fundraising and academic achievements, and some of the most trying moments in our country’s history.

From Winchell to Syverud, this exhibition of documents and photographs from the University Archives examines the ways in which each of the individuals who have held the University’s highest office have shaped the institution from its humble beginnings to the modern, student-focused, research university committed to academic excellence and inclusion it is today.

Please note: This exhibition contains image and text-based archival documents. Please contact the Libraries’ Accessibility Specialist if you require assistance accessing this content.

About the Curator

Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn is Pan Am 103 Archivist & Assistant University Archivist in the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Libraries.

Header image: Photograph of Chancellor James Roscoe Day speaking at Commencement in Archbold Gymnasium, 1916. Syracuse University Photograph Collection, University Archives.