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Green Light for Milstein Hall
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Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Meeting in Ithaca on Commencement weekend, the Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of President David Skorton and gave the go-ahead to construction of Paul Milstein Hall, the controversial new home for the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. In a statement, Skorton said that "this has not been an easy decision" and noted that he was "swayed by the programmatic imperative of securing the [architecture] program's accreditation" as well as by a cost reduction of more than $12 million achieved by deferring the parking garage that was part of the original proposal. Although the Board also approved the construction of the addition to the Johnson Museum, many other capital projects remain on hold.

But, as the Daily Sun reported, not all faculty are convinced that going ahead with the Rem Koolhaas design for Milstein Hall is a good idea.

 
Ehrenberg Named to SUNY Board Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 May 2009

New York State Governor David Paterson has nominated Ronald Ehrenberg, the Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics, for appointment to the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York. Ehrenberg—the author of the cover story on endowments in CAM's May/June 2009 issue—is director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute and a faculty member of the Cornell Board of Trustees. He is a noted expert on university finance and administration and the author of Tuition Rising: Why College Costs So Much (Harvard University Press) and other works.

If confirmed by the State Senate, Ehrenberg will serve a two-year term that expires on June 30, 2011.

 
Say It Ain't So, Dave Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2009

One of the beneficiaries of Cornell's budget-driven early retirement plan for employees is Dave Nulle, who has worked in athletics for more than 30 years. That might not seem especially notable—unless you realize that Dave is the Zamboni Guy.

At Lynah Rink, Dave has been grooming the ice for hockey games while wearing some amazing costumes for as long as most Big Red fans can remember. He's as much a part of the hockey scene as that beloved old barn itself. It's hard to imagine a game without him wheeling out onto the ice to big cheers from the Faithful—so here's hoping that Dave might be able to make a guest appearance on the Olympia Ice Resurfacer (Cornell's machine is technically not a Zamboni) every now and then. Like maybe at the Harvard game, wearing one of his Elvis outfits?

 
Another CU Candidate for the Supreme Court Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Last week, we noted that Leah Ward Sears '76 had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court. Sears is currently chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.

Another possible Cornell candidate, reports Bloomberg.com, is Kathleen Sullivan '76, the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law (and former dean) at Stanford Law School. According to the Bloomberg article, Sullivan "became interested in law after being influenced by what she viewed as the heroic role attorneys played in the Watergate scandal." After graduating from Cornell, she studied philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford University and received a law degree from Harvard.

 
Golding Resigns as EVP Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 May 2009

On May 6, Stephen Golding announced his resignation as Cornell's executive vice president for finance and administration. Golding was appointed to that position in 2005 by then-President Jeffrey Lehman '77.

When Golding was appointed, CAM noted that his position "has been endowed by the Bodman Foundation to honor Samuel Bodman '60, B Chem E '61, who was confirmed as U.S. secretary of energy [under President George W. Bush] in January [2005]; it is believed to be the first such endowed senior financial position in American higher education."

Golding's resignation is effective on July 1. He will remain as a senior consultant to the president, focusing on Cornell’s role on economic development issues affecting the State of New York. According to the official announcement, a search for Golding's replacement "will not be initiated until the University has had an opportunity to review, as part of the president’s strategy to streamline the administration, the need to retain the position."

This review of the EVP position raises questions about the organization and future leadership of  Finance and Administration, which has 1,800 employees and includes the Division of Facilities Services, the Division of Financial Affairs, Cornell Information Technologies (CIT), and the Office of University Investments.

 
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