Alumni-Elected Trustee, Cornell University Board of Trustees
Posted by Cornell University Board of Trustees on 12/03/2014
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Process for Filling Position:
Submission of a nomination
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Summary of Position
Subject to the Charter of the University and laws of the of the State, the Board of Trustees shall have supreme control over the University, including every college, school, and academic department, division and center thereof. The Bylaws delegate responsibility for day-to-day administration of the University to the president and his staff; but the Board retains ultimate policy-making authority. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: electing tenured faculty; electing the president, provost, university counsel/secretary of the corporation, VPs, Deans, other senior administrators & establishing their compensation; providing advice on educational policy, programs, and campus life; and adopting the University's budget.
Talent Expectations: Skills
Speak to Groups
The ability to communicate the role of the Board of Trustees in context of the role of the University's administrative officers is a critical skill, as is the ability to answer questions about difficult or controversial decisions made by the Board or administration with tact and discretion as well as honesty and forthrightness. Must have persuasive communications skills and good listening skills.
Lead a Group
Serve on a Committee or Board
Provide policy oversight for the University's real estate and physical plant. Provide policy guidance on alumni and fundraising activities.
With a large board, much of the work of the trustees necessarily takes place in committees. Thus, trustees must be able to work collegially with each other and with members of the Administration.
Provide advice on financial policies and practices that have a significant impact on the University's operations. Provide advice on the University's role and responsibilities as the land grant institution for the State of New York.
Cornell's Board is an active one, and regular attendance at meetings and other special events is expected. Trustees are fiduciaries of the University and represent the best interests of the University as a whole, not just the group that nominates and elects them. Trustees are expected to make significant contributions to Cornell. Those
contributions may be of time, professional expertise, fundraising ability, financial
contribution, or in a variety of other ways; but each trustee should be selected because he or she has the ability to help Cornell in a unique manner.
Furthermore, trustees must represent the Board at events in the Cornell community.
Average Time Commitment:
Term of Office:
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Criteria for nominations include these suggested skills, attributes, and experiences of trustees:
1) Contributions to the Board of Trustees: recognized level of success; demonstrated commitment to Cornell; acknowledgement of the importance of higher education; strong integrity and exemplary conduct; diversity; and satisfaction of both broad and specific needs of the board.
2) Personal skills and characteristics: interpersonal ability in both one-on-one and group settings; good judgment and strong analytical aptitude; fervent yet not dogmatic convictions; proven leadership; vision and perspective, and the ability to articulate them; common sense and pragmatism.
3) Effectiveness as a prospective trustee: ability to put the university ahead of special interests or constituencies; undivided allegiance (e.g., concurrent service on another Ivy board would probably not work); availability to attend all the meetings and participate in committee work; collegiality (i.e., shares ideas and decision-making); and ongoing commitment to offer financial support to Cornell.
No hiatus required
Meeting Attendance Required?
Off Campus Location:
Meetings at off campus locations are typically held in NYC. Other meetings are on campus in Ithaca or via conference call.
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Other Meeting Details:
there may be additional committee meetings as well as the full meetings of the Board.
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Yearly Philanthropic Expectation:
Make a gift to Cornell at a level of individual comfort
Alumni Trustee Election
Vote in the annual trustee election