August 23, 2005

Cornell Gov't V.P. Leaves for Penn

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Vanda McMurtry Ph.D ’79, Cornell’s vice president for government and community relations resigned yesterday, accepting a similar position at the University of Pennsylvania.

His resignation will go into effect on September 30.

McMurtry, who will become the vice president for government and community affairs at Penn, came to Cornell in March 2004 from Aetna Inc., where he was the vice president for federal government relations.

“Van is a very talented leader and has contributed significantly over a short period of time,” said Interim President Hunter R. Rawlings III in a press release.

“Van is a great Cornellian. It’s hard to see him go off to Penn, but it’s a great offer and I wish him the best,” said Tommy Bruce, Cornell’s vice president of communications and media relations.

Replacing McMurtry on an interim basis will be Stephen P. Johnson, the head of Cornell’s Washington office and assistant vice president of government and community relations.

“We are extremely fortunate that Steve Johnson has agreed to take this responsibility on Cornell’s behalf. Steve is an able and highly experienced Cornellian who has the respect of everyone on campus and decision makers in Albany and Washington, D.C.,” said Rawlings.

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