Vice Chair, Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations (CATN)

Posted by Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations (CATN) on 03/20/2015

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 Vice Chair will help lead deliberations of larger committee in confidentially evaluating nominees through a review of prepared biographies including professional, civic and alumni involvements. Discussions of each nominee will include committee members sharing experiences based on direct interaction with nominees. Committee members will also add to the discussion by providing knowledge of a nominee's professional or civic involvement. The Vice Chair will be required to assist with the promotion of the annual election and call for nominations. Additionally, as a volunteer for Cornell University, vote in Cornell's annual alumni trustee election.

Cornell Interests:



Talent Expectations: Skills


Speak to Groups
The vice chair is expected to contribute to the deliberations about each nominee, sharing experiences as they relate to volunteer, professional, or civic roles. Honest and candid dialogue and debate is critical to the committee’s process, and the vice chair must have persuasive communication skills, excellent listening skills, and the ability to act with tact and discretion.


Lead a Group
Serve on a Committee or Board
The vice chair will help lead the deliberations of the larger committee which take place in person and via phone. The vice chair, along with other committee members, will assess nominations and make decisions based on information presented, research, and conversations during meetings.

Build/Maintain Relationships

Engage Individuals
Represent Cornell
The vice chair will engage committee members in discussion and encourage nominations from committee members. Regular attendance and participation at meetings is required. The vice chair, along with the committee members, will represent not only Cornell and the Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations, but also their respective constituent leaders and affinity groups. The prospective vice chair should have a broad and diverse engagement with Cornell through multiple involvements, and draw upon their perspective of alumni through myriad relationships they have cultivated.


Responsible Contact

Contact Name:
Magdalena Bartishevich
Volunteer Position Title:
Senior Director, Engagement Initiatives, Volunteer Programs and College and Unit Partnerships
Email: Phone:

Time Commitment

Average Time Commitment: 5-7 hrs/month
Duration: Not Applicable
Term of Office: 1 year
Number of terms in Office: 1 term


Prerequisites Prior involvement in other Cornell volunteer communities; Current member in fourth year of Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations.

Hiatus Required? No hiatus required
Dues Required? No


Meeting Attendance Required? Yes

Meeting Location(s):
On Campus: No
Off Campus: Yes
Off Campus Location: The committee meets in-person three times each year and may have one or two additional “virtual” meetings via conference call or webinar. In-person attendance is strongly encouraged but sometimes work or personal commitments may keep a person from attending; therefore, telephone participation is allowed for one meeting only. With participation in two of the meetings essential to the continuity of the committee's deliberations, participation at one of the first two meetings is mandatory for voting privileges at the third meeting when candidates are selected.
Conference Call: Yes
Meetings per year: Other

Other Meeting Details: Must meet once prior to fall meetings with the Co-Chairs of the CoAA to cull down list of nominees.

Additional Attendance Requirements: One orientation webinar is required for all new members; All members are strongly encouraged to attend annual Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC).

Yearly Philanthropic Expectation:

Make a gift to Cornell at a level of individual comfort

Alumni Trustee Election

Vote in the annual trustee election