Rutgers announces Nancy Cantor as chancellor for Newark campus

Rutgers University has a new chancellor for its Newark campus who had her own problems with a basketball program.

The university named outgoing Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor to the $385,000-a-year position on Thursday.

In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, Syracuse University confirmed that Cantor has been named as the new chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark. Cantor will begin working at Rutgers-Newark in January 2014, several months ahead of her planned departure.

Cantor announced in a letter last October that she will leave SU when her contract ends in June 2014.

SU says they will provide details on a transition plan for University leadership at a later date.

Cantor was criticized for her handling of molestation accusations against Syracuse men's associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine. Cantor fired Fine in 2011 despite an earlier investigation.

One of Fine's accusers last year admitted he fabricated the allegations and federal prosecutors announced the coach would not be charged.

Cantor tells the newspaper she would have called in law enforcement sooner if she had to do it over again.

Rutgers fired its basketball coach in April after a video showed him verbally and physically abusing his players.