I am honored to have been selected to lead Cornell University, with its enduring commitment to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity. Cornell has been fundamentally shaped by its founder’s lasting vision of a university dedicated to inclusiveness, public engagement, and the liberal arts as the foundation of American higher education. The university is also known for its long and deep relationship with New York State: from the main campus in Ithaca and the surrounding region, to the state cooperative extension system in every county, to a growing presence in New York City, including Weill Cornell Medical College and the path-breaking Cornell Tech. At the same time, it is a global institution with students from 114 countries, more than 235,000 alumni around the world, a medical school campus in Qatar, and academic programs in Rome, Paris, Washington D.C., Tanzania and Nepal, among others.
Cornell has long recognized that people with diverse backgrounds and experiences bring great value to the search for truth and the process of discovery. Together with the faculty, students, staff, and alumni of Cornell, I look forward to charting the next chapter of its extraordinary history.