Chad Coates

April 13, 2016

Cornell Employees Elect Trustee

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This story has been updated with additional information.

Chad Coates has been selected as the next employee-elected trustee, with almost 14 percent of eligible voters participating in the vote, according to results released Wednesday.

Five candidates ran in this year’s election. Coates won with 731 votes — the count after all candidates were eliminated and votes were transferred, according to the University.

His term will last four years, from June 2016 to June 2020, according to the University.

Coates is an assistant dean of admissions and advising in the College of Arts and Sciences, a House Fellow at Cornell’s Carl Becker House and a member of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees.

As a trustee, Coates said he will help appoint a new president “who advances Cornell’s core values of respect, dignity and fairness for all employees,” create the new Strategic Plan for the institution that reflects Cornell’s core values and improve communication between the board and the Cornell community, according to the University.

“Affirming the respect and dignity of the more than 8,000 Cornell employees is of paramount importance to me,” he said.

Coates added that he has been “very impressed with Cornell’s engagement in the national and international community,” and hopes to advance these commitments.

“As trustee, I would advocate to further increase Cornell’s participation and support for local community-based initiatives in Ithaca, Geneva and the neighboring community,” he said.

Patricia Wasyliw, assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, added that Coates is a “superb colleague and dedicated advisor.”

“He works tirelessly on behalf of students and volunteers in many capacities to improve Cornell and the larger Ithaca community,” she said. “The Cornell community should be confident that he will be a thoughtful, intelligent and conscientious employee trustee who truly thinks of others.”