Dr. Kenneth A. Shaw is a nationally respected administrator and educator. He retired as the 10th chancellor of Syracuse University after serving as a university president for nearly 30 years. He has consulted with numerous educational, governmental, and private-sector for-profit and nonprofit organizations and currently serves on a number of such boards.
As chancellor of Syracuse University, Shaw served more than 10,500 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students on the Central New York campus. During the early 1990s, he led the university through the most comprehensive restructuring process in its history and set it on a course to achieve its vision of becoming the nation’s leading student-centered research university.
Prior to joining Syracuse in 1991, Shaw was president of the University of Wisconsin System, based in Madison, Wisconsin. He presided over the 26-campus system, which serves more than 160,000 students. In addition, he was chancellor of the Southern Illinois University System from 1979-86, president of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville from 1977-79, and vice president and dean of the University at Towson State University from 1969-77. Shaw is the past chair of the New York State Commissioner’s Advisory Council on Higher Education and served on the New York State Governor’s Commission on Education Reform.
He earned a bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University in 1961, a master of education degree from the University of Illinois Urbana in 1963, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1966.