Martha E. Pollack

A private university with a public mission, Cornell has an abiding commitment to academic excellence across disciplines, to the development and curation of pure knowledge, and to the application of that knowledge in the world we share.

Cornell was founded with the radical ambition of being an institution “where any person can find instruction in any study” and where “truth shall be sought for truth’s sake.” Today, I am proud to lead Cornell as its fourteenth president and to uphold its founding ethos of equity and openness, its commitment to free speech and civil discourse, and its mission of knowledge for a public purpose.

With its flagship campus in Ithaca and a major presence in New York City, Cornell is rapidly expanding collaborations and synergies across its urban and rural communities, as well as around the world. At this exciting moment in Cornell’s history, I am delighted to work with our faculty, students, staff, and alumni to advance Cornell’s academic distinction, educational verve, civic responsibility, and “One Cornell” ethos in Ithaca, throughout New York, and beyond.


Statement on the Recent Killings of Black People in America
May 29, 2020

Opportunities for feedback on campus reactivation
May 28, 2020

Congratulatory Message Honoring the Class of 2020
May 23, 2020

Update on COVID-19 Planning and Summer Programs
April 22, 2020

Pollack Outlines Guiding Principles for COVID-19 Response
April 7, 2020

Building community during times of struggle
March 26, 2020

May 2020 Commencement changes
March 20, 2020