Robert S. Harrison
ROBERT S. HARRISON (AB '76 Cornell; BA/MA '78 Oxford University: Rhodes Scholar; JD '81 Yale Law School) is a retired partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs & Company, where he served as co-head of the Global Communications, Media and Entertainment Group in the Investment Banking Division. Mr. Harrison is currently working with the William J. Clinton Foundation, chairing a committee to explore a possible global initiative for the president and the foundation to help provide access to clean water to the 1.2 billion people in the developing world who do not have such access. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was a lawyer at the firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he practiced in New York City and Paris.
Mr. Harrison was elected to Cornell's Board of Trustees by the alumni body for a term beginning July 1, 2002. He serves as chairman of the Student Life Committee and as a member of the Executive (2005- ), Alumni Affairs and Development (2002- ), Finance (2002- ), Buildings and Properties (2003- ), and Development Steering (2003- ) Committees. Mr. Harrison served on the Alumni Affairs Steering Committee (2003-04), the Trustee Task Force on Residential Communities (chairman 2004-05), and the Committee on Academic Affairs and Campus Life (2004-05).
Mr. Harrison is a member of the Major Gifts Committee. He previously served on the Cornell University Council and its administrative board. He is chairman for the 25th Reunion major gifts committee and was a member of the 15th and 20th Reunion major gifts committees. He is a former director of Sigma Phi fraternity.
Beyond Cornell, Mr. Harrison is a director of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars and chairman of the board of directors of Henry Street Settlement, a New York City social services organization founded in 1893.