Board Member, Cornell Alumni Advisory Board (CAAB)

Posted by Cornell Alumni Advisory Board (CAAB) on 12/22/2014

General Information

Nomination start - 02/11/2024
Nomination end - 04/08/2024
Process for Filling Position: Submission of a nomination
Number of Seats: 16
Location: Non-geographically based
Eligible Constituent(s): Alumni

Summary of Position

The Cornell Alumni Advisory Board (CAAB) is a small group of alumni that provides strategic input to the Alumni Affairs team. Specifically, they provide high-level advice on the approaches that deepen alumni participation from Cornell volunteers, ambassadors, and potential donors through defined topics and/or project. The composition of the Board will align with strategic priorities and focus areas of the Alumni Affairs Team. CAAB members will collaborate with Alumni Affairs staff on a designated project, give counsel, and provide recommendations for potential focus areas for the next CAAB project.

Cornell Interests:



Talent Expectations: Skills


Speak to Groups
All members are expected to participate in Advisory Board meetings and maintain communication with other members throughout the year.


Manage Projects
Serve on a Committee or Board
Members will benchmark, review, and analyze report data to provide insights on current project plans and provide recommendations for future action opportunities including detailed work plans to support these recommendations. Members may be tapped to lead a specific focus group. This includes motivating, and managing talented volunteers; leading conference calls or webinars; working closely with staff; setting project goals; measuring impact; and reporting results back to the full Board and Staff.

Build/Maintain Relationships

Engage Individuals
Represent Cornell
Members should encourage participation of committee peers, actively listen and respond to insights and recommendations of others, and seek ways to collaborate. Additional expertise may be needed, in which case Board Members may facilitate conversations with additional industry experts, subject matter specialists, and/or experienced volunteers. As highly-informed leaders, Board Members serve as ambassadors to other groups at Cornell, as well as to people in their business networks and home communities.

Responsible Contact

Contact Name:
Lindsey Murtland

Time Commitment

Average Time Commitment: 3-5 hrs/month
Duration: Not Applicable
Term of Office: 3 years
Number of terms in Office: 1 term


Prerequisites Any Cornell University alumnus may be considered who has prior or current volunteerism with the university. Candidates should possess a talent for high-level strategic thinking with an eye towards practical implementation. Candidates should also be familiar with high level University and Alumni Affairs & Development priorities.

Hiatus Required? No hiatus required
Dues Required? No


Meeting Attendance Required? Yes

Meeting Location(s):
On Campus: No
Off Campus: Yes
Off Campus Location: Attend Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC) each year. 
Conference Call: Yes
Meetings per year: Monthly

Other Meeting Details: Monthly virtual Board meetings, date/times to be determined.

Yearly Philanthropic Expectation:

Make a gift to Cornell at a level of individual comfort

Alumni Trustee Election

Vote in the annual trustee election