Nancy L. Zimpher
In 2009, Nancy Zimpher became the 12th chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. At SUNY, Dr. Zimpher implemented sweeping reforms that ensure SUNY can provide broad access to higher education while maximizing its impact as an engine of economic revitalization across the state.
Dr. Zimpher is active in numerous national education organizations, and is a renowned leader in the areas of teacher preparation, urban education, and university-community engagement. In addition to her role at SUNY, she has also served as chair of the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences, the National Association of System Heads, the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, and CEOs for Cities. As cofounder of StriveTogether, Dr. Zimpher has been instrumental in creating a national network of innovative partnerships that address challenges across the education pipeline.
Prior to coming to SUNY, Dr. 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 coauthored numerous books, monographs, and academic journal articles on teacher education, urban education, academic leadership, and school/university partnerships.
Dr. Zimpher holds a bachelor’s degree in English education and speech, a master’s degree in English literature, and a PhD degree in teacher education and higher education administration, all from the Ohio State University.