Cornell University names first woman president

University of Southern California provost Elizabeth Garrett will be Cornell University’s first woman president, the university announced on Tuesday.

Garrett will replace David Skorton, who is leaving at the end of the academic year to lead the Smithsonian Institution.

“Cornell is one of the world’s truly great universities, with a stellar commitment to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity, linked with a deep commitment to public engagement,” Garrett said in a statement. “I am excited to join the Cornell community and to work with the faculty, staff, students and alumni to write the next chapter in its illustrious history.”

Garrett’s unanimous appointment by Cornell’s board of trustees follows a six-month national search.

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