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 Beirut explosion
August 7, 2020

President Pollack emphasizes science behind reactivation decision
August 5, 2020

Additional actions to create a more just and equitable Cornell
July 16, 2020

A positive outcome for international students
July 14, 2020

Standing with our international students
July 8, 2020

Additional measures to address the FY21 budget deficit
July 2, 2020