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Women in Leadership Initiative Invites Campus Community to ‘A Conversation With Provost Ritter’
Syracuse University’s Women in Leadership Initiative welcomes the campus community to “A Conversation With Provost Ritter,” to be held on Feb. 17. The conversation will take place from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. via Zoom.
Guests will gain insight from Provost Gretchen Ritter as she discusses leadership, resiliency and change with moderator Dara Royer, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the University.
Ritter, a leading expert in the history of women’s constitutional rights and contemporary issues concerning democracy and citizenship in American politics, joined Syracuse University in October 2021 from The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences, where she was executive dean and vice provost. In that position, she led Ohio State’s largest college, which is home to 38 academic departments and schools and more than 20 centers and institutes.
Ritter previously served as the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University from 2013-18 before returning to the faculty. Ritter was the college’s first female dean. Prior to her position at Cornell, she served as vice provost and professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. She has also taught at MIT, Princeton and Harvard.
Ritter is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including a National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship, the Radcliffe Research Partnership Award and a Liberal Arts Fellowship at Harvard Law School. Ritter received a bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell and a doctorate in political science from MIT.
The event is hosted by Candace Campbell Jackson, chair of the Women in Leadership Steering Committee and senior vice president and chief of staff to Chancellor Kent Syverud. An accomplished higher education executive, Jackson is recognized for being an exemplary strategic and operations leader with a strong record of achieving successful outcomes in all critical higher education management functions. In her role as chief of staff, Jackson works closely with the Chancellor and all members of the senior leadership team to advance the University’s key strategic priorities and operating goals. She co-chairs the Syracuse University Leadership Team with David Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School.
A graduate of Howard University with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, Jackson received a J.D. from the University of Akron. To further develop her higher education administration skills, Jackson participated in the intensive, highly selective Harvard University Institute for Educational Management program. She also holds a certificate in executive leadership coaching from Georgetown University. Jackson has been a featured lecturer on the university circuit in the areas of higher education administration, leadership, sports law and administrative law.
Dara Royer will moderate the discussion. Royer, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, is responsible for oversight of the University’s marketing efforts, including strategic marketing campaigns, digital and content marketing, and brand stewardship and has been recognized with an ICON Award in 2021 and 2022 as a Top 50 Marketer in the country. Royer received a certificate from Cornell University for executive women in leadership and an executive leadership certificate from Harvard Business School. She earned a bachelor of arts in history from Indiana University Bloomington and is currently pursuing an executive master of public administration from Syracuse University. Royer is a member of the Women in Leadership Steering Committee.
To learn more about the Women in Leadership Initiative, visit its website.