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Announcing David J. Skorton, the next president of Cornell University

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“He’s got exactly what seems to me as the right mix of temperament: a mixture of excitement and enthusiasm on the one hand, and a mix of pragmatism and realism on the other, and I like that.”

– Frank H.T. Rhodes, Cornell president emeritus

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“He works well and congenially with faculty members. He wants to know what they are doing, he wants to know about their work. I think faculty members will find him very supportive of what they do.”

– Hunter Rawlings, Cornell’s 10th and interim president

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“I’m very impressed with his credentials and his past relationship with Hunter Rawlings will be a real advantage for him in getting to know the university.”

– Dale Corson, president emeritus

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“I’ve known him for over 20 years because of his work in the medical field and particularly in the field of cardiology. I have great respect for him. I think he’ll be a superb president.”

– Antonio M. Gotto Jr., the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City and a professor of medicine. Gotto also was a member of the Presidential Search Committee (PSC).

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“His medical and scientific expertise combined with his devotion to the arts and humanities and with his appreciation of the land grant mission make him a wonderful choice to lead Cornell. He will bring valuable experience, energy, and creativity to the position.”

– Provost Biddy Martin

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“He has an intellectual depth and breadth of interest that will resonate with a broad range of students ... and he is conversant and committed to the collegiate athletic experience.”

– Susan Murphy, vice president for student and academic services, who oversees Cornell athletics, physical education and recreation

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“ I feel that once the faculty have had the privilege to meet David Skorton they will be as enthusiastic as the search committee is with the arrival of our 12th president.”

– Rosemary Avery, professor and chair in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, and a faculty member of the PSC

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“He has demonstrated a very strong command of the complex issues facing a large research institution that also has a university hospital.”

– Diana Daniels, PSC chair and Cornell trustee

Photo of Moshen Mostafavi

“It seems that he’s a very thoughtful person, but he also has a wicked sense of humor, which is probably quite necessary if you’re going to be president of Cornell. He seems fantastic.”

– Moshen Mostafavi, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning

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“He’s a very, very impressive guy. Very relaxed, easy to speak to. The deep conviction about the role of students and faculty, and managing the university, and taking it in its future directions made a very favorable impression on all of us.”

– Robert C. Richardson, senior vice provost for research

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“He’s a very thoughtful person. I was impressed that we got new ideas in 50 minutes with him! He’s a very appealing person.”

– Robert Constable, dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science

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“He has developed a strong diversity initiative at his university, which has a very challenging environment.”

– Elizabeth Moore, ILR ’75, PSC member and Cornell trustee

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“He’s a real consultative people-person who possesses the inclination and ability to seek out opinions across wide constituencies, and I think that instinct in large part is what allowed him to be so successful in at Iowa.”

– Richard Schuler, professor of economics and civil and environmental engineering and PSC faculty member

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“At the undergraduate level, I was impressed with his efforts at maintaining diversity and his commitment to tuition affordability at Iowa.”

– Douglas C. Mitarotonda, M. Eng. ’03, student-elected trustee and student PSC member

Photo of Michael Esposito

“I think he’s someone who is going to really represent and appreciate staff very well and I’m excited about that.”

Michael Esposito, assistant director, Cornell Academic Personnel Policy Office, staff-elected trustee and PSC member

Photo of Valerie Reyna

“He’s inspiring and I’m thrilled that he’s going to be joining us. He has a terrific sense of humor. I’m very much impressed, particularly that he has an excellent grasp of the core values of this university and universities in general, and a wonderful insight into the national problems and national context in which we find ourselves now – the challenges and the opportunities. I’m very much impressed. In fact, inspired. I feel very hopeful for the future with this kind of leadership.”

Valerie Reyna, professor and department extension leader, human development, College of Human Ecology

Photo of Martha Haynes

“I think he’s very articulate, humorous, personable, very promising. It’s very exciting. He’s very exciting.”

Martha Haynes, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy

Photo of Michael Spencer

“I was very impressed with the depth of the [incoming] president’s answers on many of the questions. He seemed to be quite knowledgeable about most of the issues that he addressed. He also seemed to have an incredibly diverse background, which is almost impossible to comprehend – how someone could be a musician, a doctor, an engineer and an administrator all at the same time. It’s really quite a fascinating career he’s had, and quite an impressive career.”

Michael Spencer, professor of electrical and computer engineering

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“He seems like a very intelligent, thoughtful person. He’s very disarming in the way he interacts with people.”

Harold Craighead, professor of applied and engineering physics and the C. W. Lake Jr. Professor of Productivity, College of Engineering

Photo of Francille Firebaugh

“I liked his approach to the presidency and his answers to the questions. I thought he was respectful and extraordinarily knowledgeable. I was very impressed.”

Francille Firebaugh, professor emeritus, policy analysis and management and dean emerita, College of Human Ecology

Photo of Susanne M. Bruyère

“I’m very excited, I have to say. I think he’s a great match for us. He seems to really appreciate both our hard sciences and our social sciences, and I think that blend is what makes us unique. As someone who is in the statutory colleges I am very interested in outreach issues, and I’m encouraged that he has an interest in global issues. And it sounds like he will help us bridge our campuses. I have a very strong interest in outreach to Weill, so I’m hopeful where he comes from will be of assistance.”

Susanne M. Bruyère, director, Employment and Disability Institute and associate dean of outreach, School of Industrial and Labor Relations

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