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February 23, 2016

Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett Continues Treatment After Surgery As Kotlikoff Assumes Presidential Duties

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President Elizabeth Garrett was released from Intensive Care Unit but remains at Weill Cornell Medicine following surgery on Friday, according to Acting President and Provost Michael Kotlikoff.

“I remain in touch with her, and she has asked that I convey to you and the entire Cornell community her appreciation for all the well-wishes and prayers,” Kotlikoff said Monday.

Garrett announced her diagnosis of colon cancer on Feb. 8 and is pursuing “aggressive treatment.”

“The senior leadership of the University will be handling many of my commitments, representing me and keping me up to date as we continue to move Cornell forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” Garrett said in a Feb. 8 statement.

On Friday, Garrett underwent surgery and Kotlikoff assumed the duties and powers of the presidency, Board of Trustees chairman Robert S. Harrison ’76 announced.