Vice President of Recognition, CALS Alumni Association Board of Directors

Posted by CALS Alumni Association Board of Directors on 08/26/2013

General Information

Process for Filling Position: Must meet eligibility criteria
Number of Seats: 1
Location: Non-geographically based
Eligible Constituent(s): Alumni

Summary of Position

The VP of Recognition provides oversight and strategic direction for the CALSAA Recognition Committee with close partnership with the CALS AA&D office. The committee is charged with selecting and recognizing outstanding alumni, faculty, and volunteers through awards and public recognition. The VP is also asked to serve on the CALSAA Executive Committee, which provides leadership and vision for the CALS Alumni Association.

Cornell Interests:


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Talent Expectations: Skills


Speak to Groups
As part of the VP's duties, he/she is the emcee for the CALS Outstanding Alumni Award reception and banquet held each fall and works in partnership with the CALS AA&D staff to develop the program.


Lead a Group
Manage Projects
Serve on a Committee or Board
The VP is responsible for leading and managing the CALSAA Recognition Committee. He/She works closely with CALS staff to set goals and initiatives for the committee and communicate those goals to committee members on conference calls and throughout the year. The VP is responsible for leading the nomination and selection process for the CALS Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients.

Build/Maintain Relationships

Engage Individuals
Represent Cornell
The VP encourages committee member participation and delegates responsibilities to all team members. He/She is expected to orient the new committee members, coach committee members about their role, duties, and expected level of activity, and mentor members for future leadership opportunities.

Responsible Contact

Contact Name:
Sharon Detzer
Volunteer Position Title:
Assistant Dean CALS AA&D
Email: Phone:

Time Commitment

Average Time Commitment: 1-2 hrs/month
Duration: Not Applicable
Term of Office: 1 year
Number of terms in Office: 1 term


Prerequisites Member of the CALS Alumni Association Board of Directors CALS graduate

Hiatus Required? No hiatus required
Dues Required? No


Meeting Attendance Required? Yes

Meeting Location(s):
On Campus: Yes
Off Campus: No
Conference Call: Yes
Meetings per year: 3x year

Other Meeting Details: The committee is most active during the spring when it is selecting the Outstanding Alumni Award recipients. During that period, there are 2-3 conference calls with each lasting around two hours.

Additional Attendance Requirements: Outstanding Alumni Awards reception and banquet

Yearly Philanthropic Expectation:

Make a gift to Cornell at a level of individual comfort

Alumni Trustee Election

Vote in the annual trustee election