Friday, 29 April 2016
Garrett Memorial Run Set for May 8
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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Late President Elizabeth Garrett will be honored with a memorial run on campus on Sunday, May 8. The 5K event, which will be held at Cornell Plantations and is open to the public, will raise money for the President Elizabeth Garrett Fund for Colon Cancer Research as well as student scholarships. Garrett (seen above at Homecoming 2014, before she took office) passed away in March. To register for the run, click here; the fee is $20 through May 6, $25 afterward.

Rawlings Takes Office; Presidential Search Begins Print E-mail
Monday, 25 April 2016

President Emeritus Hunter Rawlings has begun his term as interim president, his third time as Cornell president and second on an interim basis. He comes to the post from the Association of American Universities, for which he served as president until his recent retirement.

This week, Cornell announced the formation of the nineteen-person search committee that will seek a successor to late President Elizabeth Garrett. Chaired by trustee Jan Rock Zubrow ’77—who also led the committee that hired Garrett—it comprises students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees. (A complete list is available here.) Cornellians can track their progress on the search’s official website.

Among the first steps are a pair of open forums to be held on campus on Wednesday, May 4; they’ll be viewable via CornellCast. Anyone wishing to provide feedback during the search process may e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

IMF Investment Director to Head CU Office Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 April 2016



The director of the International Monetary Fund’s investment office will serve as Cornell’s chief investment officer starting July 1, Provost and Acting President Michael Kotlikoff has announced. Kenneth Miranda, currently a member of the Board of Trustees’ Investment Committee, will lead the Office of University Investments and manage a $6 billion portfolio. Kotlikoff calls him “a results-driven professional with dynamic strategies that will ensure our endowment grows in depth and breadth as it maintains the stability required to support our educational and engagement mission.”

Provost to Give 2016 Commencement Address Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 April 2016

Although President Emeritus Hunter Rawlings III will assume the post of interim president on April 25, a long-standing previous commitment will prevent him from presiding at Commencement 2016, the University has announced. Provost Michael Kotlikoff (above), who has served as acting president since late President Elizabeth Garrett stepped down from her duties during her battle with colon cancer, will give the traditional speech in Schoellkopf Stadium.

Rawlings Named Interim President Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 March 2016

In the wake of President Elizabeth Garrett’s death, the Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the appointment of President Emeritus Hunter Rawlings III as interim president. Rawlings served as Cornell’s tenth president from 1995–2003 and as interim president from 2005–06. He will assume the role on April 25 and remain until a new president is chosen through an international search that begins later this year.

“One of the nation’s premier advocates for higher education, Hunter has served as the president of the Association of American Universities since 2011 and had announced his retirement from that position last year,” says Board Chairman Robert Harrison ’76. “Hunter is uniquely suited to take the helm of Cornell at this time of transition.”

Provost Michael Kotlikoff, who has served as acting president since February 19, will resume his normal duties once Rawlings returns to Ithaca. “Mike has been doing two jobs—and doing them extremely well,” says Harrison. “His leadership and steady hand during what has been an unprecedented and challenging time for Cornell has been nothing short of exceptional.”



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