September 30, 2014

Elizabeth Garrett Named Cornell’s 13th President, First Woman to Helm University

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The Cornell University Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Elizabeth Garrett from the University of Southern California as the University’s 13th president Tuesday morning.

Garrett, the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at USC, will become the first woman president of the University, nearly 150 years after Cornell — an institution that has prided itself on the fact that it has always been accessible to women — was founded.

Cornell’s 13th president, Elizabeth Garrett, speaks at a press ­conference announcing her appointment on Tuesday, with Presidential Search Committee Chair Jan RockZubrow ’77 and Robert Harrison ’76, chair of the Board of Trustees. (Michelle Feldman / Sun Senior Editor)