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CAM Seeks Editor/Publisher
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Monday, 02 June 2014

After 14 years as Editor and Publisher of Cornell Alumni Magazine (CAM), Jim Roberts '71 has announced his retirement. He will be leaving the magazine in September. Therefore ...

CAM is hiring an Editor/Publisher with strong magazine and digital experience to oversee the 6X publication of the Cornell Alumni Association and a staff of eight in Ithaca, NY. CAM comprises the print magazine received by 25,000 Cornellians; a digital edition for tablets, smartphones, and PCs reaching 50,000; a website (; social media; and Weill Cornell Medical Magazine (custom publishing). CAM is an independent magazine that chronicles Cornell University and 250,000 diverse alumni. Our preference is for a Cornell alumna/alumnus or a person with a strong and current connection with Cornell. If you are not, the cover letter better be a masterpiece.

The Editor will have superior skills as an editor, proofreader, and writer. He or she will have a demonstrated track record enhancing print quality, expanding online, and making strategic use of social media; building revenue-generating custom publishing ventures; increasing print circulation; and using ongoing reader surveys to measure preferences and engagement. The successful candidate will work with the CAM Committee to examine editorial focus and to drive editorial enhancements and a magazine redesign. The Editor/Publisher will maintain relationships among the magazine, the independent Cornell Alumni Association that owns the magazine, the CAM Committee, the University administration, Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City (CAM custom publishes its magazine), and influencers in the Cornell community.

The Publisher oversees magazine finances ($1 million/year), negotiates vendor contracts, and reports on financial issues to the CAM Committee and the CAA Board. He or she stays abreast of advertising efforts and makes the case for the value of advertising in CAM to clients, but does not sell ads. The Editor/Publisher reports to a committee of a dozen publishing professionals and alumni. The Editor/Publisher and the committee chair report to the Cornell Alumni Association.

Send a resume, compensation history, and references to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it If you send a cover letter, please also paste that text into the e-mail as the body of the message. Be clear about your Cornell connections. Try to send as one file, named lastname_first_CAM.pdf [or doc]. The contact is Bill Howard, Chair, Cornell Alumni Magazine.

Herzog on Writing Print E-mail
Monday, 12 May 2014

CAM Contributing Editor Brad Herzog '90 — co-author of the current issue's cover story, an excerpt from the memoirs of the late Carolyn Goodman '36 — recently gave a TEDx talk that explored the creative thinking behind his writing career.

See it here.

A Perspective on David Skorton Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 March 2014

As Cornell's president, says Manuel Roig-Franzia of the Washington Post, David Skorton "has floated purposefully between two worlds, two realms of perception: the lofty and the lowly." He goes on to praise the Smithsonian's new leader for his communication skills and his ability to defuse "what might have been tense conversations, either through humor or verbal detours or self-effacement."

Read the full profile here.

Hello and Goodbye Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 March 2014

As soon as I saw the news about President David Skorton being named the next leader of the Smithsonian, I flashed back to the day when I met him. Four days after his appointment as Cornell's 12th president, I flew to Iowa City to interview David for an article that appeared in our March/April 2006 issue. David (and his dogs) welcomed me into the presidential residence at the University of Iowa, and we had a long discussion about his impressions of Cornell and his goals as president. After I switched off my recorder, David turned the tables and interviewed me, informally, about Cornell. He then invited me to have dinner with Robin and him, and our conversation over Chinese take-out (vegetarian, of course) veered into music. I learned that, like me, David had aspired to be a professional musician when he was young and that he was still active as a jazz saxophonist and flutist. Maybe it was because of that commonality, but I came away from that meeting feeling that Cornell had a rare find in its next president — and events have proved that to be true.

When my interview was published, I wrote in the introduction that David was known at Iowa "not only as an advocate for the health sciences and medical research but as a fervent supporter of the arts and humanities." That made him an ideal leader for our university and makes him an ideal leader for the Smithsonian. Like many of us in the Cornell community, I am sorry to see him go and wish him well in his new position.

During the next year, as David Skorton concludes his term at Cornell, I urge you to share your thoughts and remembrances of his time here, either by posting them at our Facebook page or sending them directly to me in an e-mail. We will collect them as we prepare our retrospective.

Jim Roberts '71

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Skorton Rejects Call for Divestment Print E-mail
Friday, 28 February 2014

As we reported in the current issue, in December the Faculty Senate adopted a resolution calling on Cornell to divest its endowment holdings in fossil-fuel companies.

In February, after the issue went to press, President Skorton issued a statement rejecting the call for divestment but endorsing the Senate's call for making the University carbon neutral by 2035. Read the full statement here.

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