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Cornell University Board of Trustees Election

Jonathan K. Poe '82 (Engineering)

Jonathan K. PoeAlumni-elected trustee, 2015

Jonathan Poe is a Sales Director at Cisco Inc. 

Cornell Service

Poe has served Cornell in numerous ways over the decades. For the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association (aka Cornell Society of Engineers) he is current Director (since 1987) and a Lifetime member. He also served serveral terms as Vice-President (1991–1993, 2004–2007, 2013–2015). Poe supports the Cornell Annual Fund through Tower Club Committee membership (1993–present); 1865 Society membership (2013–present); chairing the Tower Club Regional Committee; work on Silicon Valley (2002–present); and being a Phonathon volunteer (1984–1990). For the Cornell Class of 1982 he is an Officer and Class Council member (1997–present); Annual Fund Representative (2002–present); Tower Club Campaign Major Gifts Chair (2002–present); and was Reunion Campaign Chair for his 20th, 25th 30th, and 35th reunions. In addition, Poe has supported the Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California as Director (1988–1999); Director Emeritus (1999–present); President Elect (1994–1996); and President (1996–1999). For the CAAAN Committee #701, Cornell Northern California, he has been a committee member since 198, and was Vice Chair (1989–1991) and General Chair (1991–1996). He served on the Cornell University Council as a member (1990–1994, 1996–2000), and on its Career Center Committee (1989 –2000); Cornell Connection San Francisco Job Fair Host (1989 –1991); Admissions and Financial Aid Committee (1990–2000); Technology Transfer Committee (1990–2000); and Public Relations Committee (1990–2000). Additional engagements include membership on the  Engineering National Committee of the $1.25B Campaign (1990–1993); 125th San Francisco Celebration Committee (1989–1991); and the 150th San Francisco Celebration Committee (2014–2015). For the Cornell Alumni Federation, he served as Director-at-Large (1991–1993). Poe's service also spans the Cornell Asian Alumni Association; Zinck’s Coordinator (various years); Cornell Club of Hawaii; Meinig National Scholar; Friends of the Dean for Student and Advisory Services; and Friend of the Cornell Library Advisory Council. Poe and his wife, Anne Vitullo ’77, are active Cornell Tradition Scholarship supporters.

Professional Career

For more than 30 years, Poe has enabled executives to strengthen their businesses, systems, and people via the prudent application of technology and planning. He has published over 200 white papers on technology’s value and is sought after by executives for his insight into innovation and growth. Poe joined Cisco from leadership positions in General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Gartner.