Member at Large, Cornell University Council (CUC)

Posted by Cornell University Council (CUC) on 07/09/2013

General Information

Nomination start - 07/01/2022
Nomination end - 11/02/2022
Process for Filling Position: Submission of a nomination
Number of Seats: 480
Location: Non-geographically based
Eligible Constituent(s): Alumni, Parents, Friends

Summary of Position

As recognized leaders at Cornell, the primary role of a Council Member is to serve as the university's key ambassadors and to be strategic influencers within the alumni communities they belong to. Every year Council members are expected to attend the Trustee-Council Annual Meeting (TCAM); promote Cornell; contribute financially; participate in training and information webinars; nominate future Cornell University Council members or fellow alumni for other Cornell University volunteer roles; and be willing to serve on a committee. In addition, Council members are expected to vote in the Alumni Trustee Election every year and sign up for CUeLINKS, the platform to connect with students.

Cornell Interests:



Talent Expectations: Skills


Write and/or Edit
Speak to Groups
Collaborate with staff, alumni, parents and friends to identify formal and informal settings in which to share the current university message and ensure that speaking points are appropriate for the audience. Speak in formal and informal settings about the current university message, provide subsequent feedback to Council's Administrative Board, and if appropriate, provide follow-up information to the participants. Be familiar with and comfortable using social media.


Serve on a Committee or Board
Learn more about CUC Administrative Board committees and be willing to serve on them. Attend meetings, support committee goals, and accomplish work in a timely manner.

Build/Maintain Relationships

Engage Individuals
Represent Cornell
Serve as a liaison to facilitate a reciprocal flow of information between the university and the greater Cornell community. Recommend future Council members based on organization needs and member qualifications.

Responsible Contact

Contact Name:
Tina Gourley
Volunteer Position Title:
Senior Director, Volunteer Programs

Time Commitment

Average Time Commitment: 1-2 hrs/month
Duration: Not Applicable
Term of Office: 4 years
Number of terms in Office: 3 terms


Prerequisites To qualify for council membership, a candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria: demonstrated leadership and involvement in Cornell activities for 5 or more years; achievement of significant leadership role in business, profession, or vocation; significant contribution to the betterment of society through leadership in community, education, charitable organizations, or other humanitarian undertakings.

Hiatus Required? Yes, 2 years before being reconsidered for another term
Dues Required? No


Meeting Attendance Required? Yes

Meeting Location(s):
On Campus: Yes
Off Campus: Yes
Off Campus Location: We encourage you to attend the Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC) in the winter. Location TBD.
Conference Call: No
Meetings per year: 2x year

Other Meeting Details: Participate in TCAM in Ithaca each year in the fall. In addition, we encourage you to attend the Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC) in the winter.

Additional Attendance Requirements: Participate in committee meetings

Yearly Philanthropic Expectation:

Make a gift to Cornell at a level of individual comfort

Alumni Trustee Election

Vote in the annual trustee election