On March 11 the Cornell Board of Trustees elected a new chairman: Robert S. Harrison, a 1976 graduate and chief executive officer of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a former student trustee, a Rhodes scholar, a lawyer and a retired managing director of The Goldman Sachs Group. He chairs the board's executive committee and has been a trustee since 2002.

Harrison's two-and-a-half-year term begins in 2012. He will succeed Peter C. Meinig '61, who has chaired the board since 2002.

Here, Harrison and Meinig share some thoughts about the state of the university.