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Nancy Cantor challenged Syracuse University and her new hometown to work together Friday as she was officially inaugurated as the school's 11th chancellor.

During a nearly two-hour ceremony in the Carrier Dome, Cantor was formally installed as the first woman to hold the position in Syracuse's 134-year history. About 4,500 well-wishers watched John Couri, chairman of the board of trustees, slip the chancellor's medallion around Cantor's neck.

After serving as chancellor and psychology professor at the University of Illinois, Cantor, 52, took over Aug. 1 from Kenneth Shaw, Syracuse's longtime chancellor.

During her first three months, Cantor launched a yearlong plan called "Exploring the Soul of Syracuse" to bring the campus and surrounding communities closer together.

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