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Cornell Alumni-Elected Trustees

Congratulations to the 2014 Alumni-Elected Trustees!



Elizabeth Everett '97
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Michael Troy '81
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Nominations for 2015 open on January 31.

The nomination period for the 2015 alumni-elected trustee positions is January 31 through April 13, 2015. If you have questions about the nominations process or the election, please contact Loreal Maguire.

Role of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is vested with "supreme control" over the university, including all of its colleges and other units. Trustees have a fiduciary responsibility to the university as a whole. Among other responsibilities, the board elects the president, adopts an annual plan of financial operation, and establishes degrees to be awarded.

The board consists of 64 voting members. In addition to board-elected trustees, Cornell students, employees, faculty, and alumni elect individuals to serve on the board with full voting privileges. Four ex officio members—the president of the university, the governor of the state of New York, the speaker of the state assembly, and the president of the state senate—also have voting privileges.

Nominations Process

The Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations is composed of twenty-three alumni members, one representing each college and eleven others from a broad range of alumni organizations. The committee is charged by the Cornell Alumni Association with the responsibility of screening and endorsing qualified alumni to stand as candidates in the annual election for alumni trustees. The nominations that the committee receives are submitted by alumni. While administratively supported by staff, the review of candidates and selection of nominees are wholly the responsibility of the alumni committee.

Nominations Criteria

Consider these suggested skills, attributes, and experiences of trustees:

  • Contributions to the Board of Trustees
    • Recognized level of success
    • Demonstrated commitment to Cornell
    • Acknowledgement of the importance of higher education
    • Strong integrity and exemplary conduct
    • Diversity
    • Satisfaction of both broad and specific needs of the board
  • Personal skills and characteristics
    • Interpersonal ability in both one-on-one and group settings
    • Good judgment and strong analytical aptitude
    • Fervent yet not dogmatic convictions
    • Proven leadership
    • Vision and perspective, and the ability to articulate them
    • Common sense and pragmatism
  • Effectiveness as a prospective trustee
    • Ability to put the university ahead of special interests or constituencies
    • Undivided allegiance (e.g., concurrent service on another Ivy board would probably not work)
    • Availability to attend all the meetings and participate in committee work
    • Collegiality (i.e., shares ideas and decision-making)
    • Ongoing commitment to offer financial support to Cornell