Jim Cantor Named University Foundation Trustee

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James Cantor ’81, M.S. ’84, executive vice president and performance excellence and strategic partnership officer for Leidos, has been added to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees. His term will start July 1. He was elected at the board’s annual meeting on May 8, its first-ever all-virtual meeting.

As a trustee, he will help grow the level of philanthropic support for the university, oversee the investment and distribution of private funds, serve as an ambassador on behalf of the foundation and the university, and advise university leadership.

Cantor joined SAIC/Leidos in 1990, and before taking his current role in 2019, served in roles such as chief technology officer, national security sector chief engineer and corporate chief engineer. A former principal engineer for Computational Engineering, he was a research fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory and worked at the Department of the Army Ballistic Missile Defense Program Office.

A member of the Board of Visitors for the A. James Clark School of Engineering and advisory board for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cantor graduated from UMD with a bachelor’s in mathematics and master’s in electrical engineering before earning his doctorate in mathematical statistics from the George Washington University. In 2020, he and his wife established the James. L. Cantor & Linda S. Gilbert Maryland Promise Scholarship.

Cantor also will be joining the Institute for Systems Research's Strategic Advisory Council.

Published June 15, 2020