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Good Luck, Cornell. You Might Need It

Cornell Shield.jpgMartha Pollack ‘79 was inaugurated on Friday as Cornell’s newest president in a ceremony in which President Hanlon participated. reports:

Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon, who was called a “mentor” of Pollack’s, spoke glowingly of her abilities as an educator and a leader. He cautioned Pollack that the job of university president can be difficult (drawing from his four years of experience), but that the benefits make the lows worth it.

“Being a university president is like a roller coaster,” he said, to some laughs. “You reach unbelievable highs and lows. And everyone around you is screaming and shaking their arms.”

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Mentor, indeed.

Pollack has been on the job since April 17. She is the 14th president in Cornell’s history.

Addendum: We’ve noted Martha’s work only once in this space:

Meanwhile, at the University of Michigan, that spawning ground of university presidents, my classmate and Provost, Martha Pollack ‘79, has put in place a system — created after a year of deliberation by, I kid you not, a Pronoun Committee — whereby a student can designate his preferred pronouns to be used in all academic communications. (Just funning you; female students may do the same.) Professors who do not respect students’ choice will have their behavior noted in their annual review.


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