A computer scientist and expert in artificial intelligence, Martha E. Pollack became president in April 2017.
2015 – 2016
Elizabeth Garrett, the university’s first woman president, was a dynamic leader who launched key initiatives before her untimely death.
2006 – 2015
A distinguished cardiologist and biomedical researcher, David J. Skorton enhanced Cornell’s strengths, not only in science and technology but also in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
2003 – 2005
The first alumnus to become president of Cornell, Jeffrey S. Lehman had been dean of the University of Michigan Law School.
1995 – 2003
Hunter R. Rawlings III came to Cornell with a vision for organizing the remarkably diverse parts of the university to work more effectively together.
1977 – 1995
During his 18-year presidency Frank H.T. Rhodes was a nationally recognized advocate for research and education.
1969 – 1977
Dale R. Corson led the university through the final years of the Vietnam War and student activism, and through the economic recession of the 1970s.
1963 – 1969
Academic innovations were a hallmark of James A. Perkins’s administration.
1951 – 1963
Deane Waldo Malott’s term as Cornell’s sixth president represents the largest period of building in the history of Cornell University.
1937 – 1949
Edmund Ezra Day became Cornell’s fifth president in 1937 and later led the university through the turbulent years of World War II.
1921 – 1937
A physician and public health advocate, Livingston Farrand presided over a period of growth but also the challenges of the Great Depression.
1892 – 1920
Jacob Gould Schurman came to Cornell as professor of Christian ethics and moral philosophy, and soon became head of the Susan Linn Sage School of Philosophy.
1885 – 1892
Charles Kendall Adams, a former student of Andrew Dickson White’s, continued to build upon White’s legacy.
1865 – 1885
A radical idea in American education was born when Andrew Dickson White and Ezra Cornell crossed paths in the New York State Senate.