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Ohio VP Tapped as Murphy’s Successor
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The vice president for student affairs at Ohio University has been named Cornell’s next VP for student and campus life. President-elect Elizabeth Garrett calls Ryan Lombardi “a creative thinker and educational innovator with a genuine regard and respect for students, and a track record of collaborations between student and campus life activities and faculty.” Lombardi is an undergrad alumnus of West Chester University; he holds a master’s from the University of Kansas and a doctorate from North Carolina State University, both in higher education administration.

Lombardi succeeds Susan Murphy ’73, PhD ’94, who’s stepping down on June 30 after two decades in office and more than thirty years as a Cornell administrator. She was fêted in the City of Ithaca on May 18, when Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 declared it to be “Susan Murphy Day.” A retirement celebration was held on campus in April, featuring the announcement that a floor of Gannett Health Center—currently under renovation—will be named in her honor.

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Cornell Alumni Magazine Committee

Bill Howard '74, Chairman
Beth Anderson '80, Vice-Chairman
Liz Robbins '92
William Sternberg '78
Sheryl Hilliard Tucker '78
Charles Wu '91
Andy Guess '05
Cathy Merrill Williams, '91

For the Alumni Association:

Kelly Smith Brown '88, MBA '92, President
Jim Mazza '88, Secretary/Treasurer

For the Association of Class Officers:

Jay Waks '68, JD '71, President

The Good Doctor (4 comments)

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Building a Dragon

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Volume 117 Number 6
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 Play Time

Program schools students in computer game design

 Art for Art's Sake

Slope Studio carves out space for student creativity

 It's Who You Know

Can social network analysis help prevent terrorism?

 Dry Spell

Geoscientist Toby Ault warns that a 'megadrought' may be on the horizon

 Page Maker

Our veteran art director says goodbye

 To Whom It May Concern

Novelist Julie Schumacher, MFA '86, skewers academia with a satirical riff on that professorial bane, letters of recommendation

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As the Finger Lakes wine industry continues to expand, the wider world is taking notice

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