Interim President Rawlings thanked State Sen. Michael Nozzolio ’73 on Thursday for his work connecting Cornell and the state.

Rawlings, Board of Trustees Honor N.Y. Sen. Michael Nozzolio ’73

“I think most Americans are disappointed, or worse, with their political process, disappointed with their political leaders for a number of reasons you all well know,” Rawlings said. “Part of that is because those leaders are not focused on public service — serving the public. Mike understands what it means to serve the public.”

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“One of the reasons I came to Cornell was because it had the engineering school, but it wasn’t an institute, it had liberal arts in it,” he said. “In engineering you can learn what happens and how, but not the reason it matters. I think it’s important to answer those questions and enhance our understanding.”