Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cornell Daily Sun

Cornell Daily Sun: Students said they hope President David Skorton’s successor will focus on unifying the Cornell community and will encourage cultural diversity at an open forum for students held by the Presidential Search Committee Monday.

Four members of the Board of Trustees — Chair Bob Harrison ’76, Alan Mittman ’71, Lisa Skeete Tatum ’89 and Ross Gitlin ’15 — hosted the forum, which asked students to identify recent initiatives that have been “critical to Cornell’s success” and qualities they hope to see in Cornell’s next president, according to Gitlin.

Several students mentioned President Skorton’s “approachability” and their hope that his successor would have a similar presence on campus.

“One thing that stood out to me that I would like to see in our next president was that [Skorton] is so involved,” said Angelica Cullo ’15. “I think that Cornell really benefits from a president who is concerned with reaching out to the community.”