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      Syracuse University Chancellor receives high praise from Sandra Day O'Connor

      Kent Syverud

      The next chancellor of Syracuse University gets high grades from his old boss, who just happens to be the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

      Sandra Day O'Connor tells The Post-Standard that Kent Syverud is "intellectually gifted" and will be a "fabulous" leader for the university.

      Syverud, the dean of the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, was named Syracuse chancellor last month. He starts his new job in January, when he succeeds Nancy Cantor, who's leaving to become chancellor of Rutgers University's Newark, N.J., campus.

      Syverud was O'Connor's law clerk at the Supreme Court in the mid-1980s.

      He and O'Connor still keep in touch. Syverud is among O'Connor's former clerks who go to reunions she holds either in Arizona or at the Supreme Court.