Former Trustee Jon Lindseth Calls For President Pollack’s Resignation Amid Antisemitic Incidents

Jon Lindseth ’56, emeritus member of the Cornell Board of Trustees and donor to the University, published an open letter on Wednesday, Jan. 23 to Board of Trustees Chair Kraig Kayser MBA ’84 and the entire Board of Trustees. The letter called for President Martha Pollack and Provost Michael Kotlikoff’s resignation, citing the University’s failure to appropriately address antisemitism on campus amid a “misguided commitment” to diversity, equity and inclusion which has “yielded not excellence but disgrace.”

According to Lindseth, antisemitism is growing on campus as Cornell becomes increasingly focused on adhering to DEI policies. “President Pollack’s failure to act with conviction and moral clarity was a watershed moment as I watched the harmful effects of DEI programming play out on a whole generation of Cornellians,” Lindseth wrote in the letter. “Under President Pollack’s leadership, antisemitism and general intolerance have increased on campus.”

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