List of presidents of Cornell University

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Cornell University's Arts Quad, with a statue of Andrew Dickson White, Cornell's first president, in the foreground.

The President of Cornell University is the chief administrator of Cornell University, an Ivy League institution located in Ithaca, New York and New York City. Included in the list below are all Presidents of Cornell University, from the first President Andrew Dickson White and through the current interim President, Hunter R. Rawlings III. There have been 13 Presidents of Cornell University, not including two interregnum presidencies during university presidential transitions.

New York's only land-grant university, Cornell University was founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White and has its main campus in Ithaca, New York, as well as two newer satellite medical campuses in New York City and Qatar. Cornell joined the newly formed Ivy League in 1954 and is the only land-grant institution within it.

List of presidents[edit]

President Term of office Education Notes
1 Andrew Dickson White 1885.jpg Andrew Dickson White
(1832–1918)
[1]
1866 – 1885
(19 years)
White was the co-founder of Cornell University, along with Ezra Cornell, and introduced the bill in the New York State Senate establishing Cornell University. The bill was passed and became the university's charter.[2]
2 Charles Kendall Adams.jpg Charles Kendall Adams
(1835–1902)
[3]
1885 – 1892
(7 years)
3 Bundesarchiv Bild 102-09830, Jacob Gould Schurman.jpg Jacob Gould Schurman
(1854–1942)
[4]
1892 – 1920
(28 years)
4 Portrait of Livingston Farrand.jpg Livingston Farrand
(1867–1939)
[5]
1921 – 1937
(16 years)
5 Edmund Ezra Day
(1883–1951)
[6]
1937 – 1949
(12 years)
Cornelis de Kiewiet (interregnum)
(1902–1986)
[7]
1949 – 1951
(2 years)
6 Deane Waldo Malott
(1898–1996)
[8]
1951 – 1963
(12 years)
7 James Alfred Perkins
(1911–1998)
[9]
1963 – 1969
(6 years)
  • Undergraduate degree with high honors, Swarthmore College (1934)
  • Ph.D., Princeton University (1937)
8 History corson.jpg Dale R. Corson
(1914–2012)
[10][11]
1969 – 1977
(8 years)
9 Frank H.T. Rhodes president of Cornell.jpg Frank H. T. Rhodes
(born 1926)
[12]
1977 – 1995
(18 years)
10 Hunter R. Rawlings III
(born 1944)
[13]
1995 – 2003
(8 years)
11 Jeffrey S. Lehman
(born 1956)
[14]
2003 – 2005
(2 years)
12 Dr. David J. Skorton.jpg David J. Skorton
(born 1949)
[15][16]
2006 – 2015
(9 years)
13 Elizabeth Garrett (2012).jpg Elizabeth Garrett
(1963–2016)
[17]
2015 – 2016
(<1 year)
Garrett died in office in March 2016.[17]
Hunter R. Rawlings III (interregnum)
(born 1944)
2016 – present
  • B.A. with honors, Haverford College (1966)
  • Ph.D, Princeton University (1970)
The Cornell University Board of Trustees appointed Rawlings as interim university president following the death of Elizabeth Garrett, effective April 2016.[18]
14 Martha E. Pollack (president-elect)
(born 1958)
2017 –

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew Dickson White, President, 1866-1885". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Andrew Dickson White". Cornell University Office of the President. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Charles Kendall Adams, President, 1885-1892". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Jacob Gould Schurman, President, 1892-1920". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Livingston Farrand, President, 1921-1937". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Edmund Ezra Day, President, 1937-1949". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Guide to the Cornelius W. De Kliewiet Papers, 1949-1951". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Deane Waldo Malott, President, 1951-1963". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "James Alfred Perkins, President, 1963-1969". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Dale Raymond Corson, President, 1969-1977". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Vitello, Paul (5 April 2012). "Dale Corson, Cornell Administrator Who Helped Quell Protest, Dies at 97". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "Frank Howard Trevor Rhodes, President, 1977-1995". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "Hunter Ripley Rawlings III, President, 1995-2003". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "Jeffrey Sean Lehman, President, 2003-2005". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "David J. Skorton, 2006". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "Cornell's Skorton Will Step Down to Head the Smithsonian". Bloomberg. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  17. ^ a b Slotnik, Daniel E. (7 March 2016). "Elizabeth Garrett, First Female President of Cornell, Dies at 52". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  18. ^ Walters, Karen (24 March 2016). "Hunter Rawlings to take helm as interim president April 25". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 

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