Inauguration events for Martha E. Pollack kick off Thursday at Cornell

Two days of public events will mark the inauguration of Dr. Martha E. Pollack, Cornell University’s 14th President. Events are scheduled this Thursday and Friday.

Cornell’s 14th President, Martha E. Pollack. Photo provided.

Introduced last fall, Dr. Pollack was previously provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan.

Events kick off Thursday with 35 displays at a “Festival of Scholarship” from 4:30-6pm in the Physical Sciences Building atrium, followed by an academic symposium, “Universities and the Search for Truth,” from 6:30-8pm in Bailey Hall.

An installation ceremony will take place Friday afternoon at 2pm on Cornell’s Arts Quad, followed by a “Street Fair” from 4-5:30pm, featuring music, dance, displays, and a community picnic with fare from Cornell Catering and local vendors, plus the debut of a special Cornell Dairy ice cream flavor in Dr. Pollack’s honor.

The unanimous election by Cornell’s Board of Trustees in November followed Dr. Pollack’s selection by a presidential search committee that was formed following the untimely death last winter of President Elizabeth Garrett. Former president Hunter R. Rawlings III has served as interim presidentsince April.

“The search committee set out to find a bold and strategic leader who would engage the entire Cornell community in furthering the University’s core mission,” according to search committee chair and Cornell trustee Jan Rock Zubrow. Of Pollack, she says, “she is uniquely qualified to bring together Cornell’s outstanding colleges, schools, and campuses to elevate and align the entirety of our great university.”

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