I am honored to return to Cornell University as interim president.
It was my privilege to serve as Cornell’s tenth president from 1995 to 2003, and as interim president in 2005–2006. I cherished then, as I do today, the remarkable character of this university. One of the world’s great research universities, Cornell is also deeply dedicated to providing life-changing undergraduate education, to remaining accessible to persons of all backgrounds, and to fulfilling its mission of public engagement and service as the land grant university of New York State. At home in a beautiful college town in the Finger Lakes, Cornell also has a major presence in New York City, thus providing our students, faculty, and staff with a tremendous range of opportunities.
I look forward to advancing key initiatives launched by the late President Elizabeth Garrett, and to working with our faculty, staff, students, and alumni to enhance Cornell’s diverse strengths across the humanities, arts, and social sciences; natural science and technology; and multiple professional fields.