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Background and Mission
The Arts and Sciences Advisory Council is one of the eight original advisory bodies established by the Cornell Board of Trustees in 1962 with the original charge to advise and counsel the dean on broad matters of policy and planning within the college. The Council is made up of alumni leaders, parents, and friends. Members currently have four main roles: as advisors, advocates, ambassadors, and philanthropic supporters of the college and its mission: to provide a foundation in the liberal arts for all Cornell students and, within the college, to foster the intellectual curiosity that drives outstanding research, scholarship, and teaching in the liberal arts.
Membership Criteria, Selection and Nomination
Advisory Council members serve at the invitation of the dean. The A&S Advisory Council Membership Committee annually reviews nominations for membership and makes recommendations to the dean. Nominations are received from council members, representatives of other Cornell volunteer organizations, and staff. Invitations to join the Advisory Council recognize an individual's commitment to and support for the College of Arts and Sciences. Nominations are reviewed based on a combination of:
- Demonstrated leadership and involvement in Cornell activities
- Achievement of significant leadership role in business, profession, or vocation or in community, education, or charitable organizations
- Demonstrated philanthropic support for the College of Arts and Sciences
In making recommendations to the dean, the Membership Committee also reviews the composition of the current council, with the goal of having a council that represents the diversity of college's alumni and student body.
To nominate someone for council:
- Review the position description
- Complete the A&S Advisory Council Nomination Form
- Nominations are accepted during the winter
The next deadline will be in March, 2017. Nominations received after the deadline will be reviewed the following year. This is a confidential process; please do not advise the candidate of his or her nomination.
If you have questions about the nominations process, please contact:
Member Responsibilities and Activities
What does membership entail? Council members have four main roles: as advisors to the dean, advocates, ambassadors, and philanthropic supporters of the College.
- Advisors: through discussions at the semi-annual council meetings and informally throughout the year, members serve as a sounding board for the dean and others, representing the standpoint of alumni, parents and friends whose perspective on Cornell reflects their engagements in the world at large.
- Ambassadors: as informed insiders, members serve as ambassadors for the college to other groups at Cornell, as well as in their business networks and home communities.
- Advocates: members serve as advocates for the value of liberal arts education, and the essential, foundational role the College of Arts and Sciences plays within the University
- Philanthropic supporters: All members are expected to make annual contributions to the College of Arts and Sciences Annual Fund, commensurate with their capacity; are encouraged to support other areas of the college and Cornell in keeping with their interests and ability; and are asked to support the fundraising priorities of the college by helping to identify and engage other supporters
Members serve a four-year term, which starts on July 1. Members may be invited to serve 3 consecutive terms. After 12 years, members must step down for a 1 year break in service, but are eligible to be nominated again after the hiatus.
As volunteer leaders, council members may participate in a variety of activities benefiting the college. A list of ways members may be involved includes:
- Attending and actively participating at the semi-annual meetings
- Serving on select committees or task forces of the council
- Meeting individually with the dean and/or other college representatives
- Participating in career service activities, interacting with current Cornell students
- Hosting or participating in college events that promote awareness of and interest in the college and its faculty, departments and programs.
- Identifying and engaging other alumni, parents, and friends in a position to support the college's fundraising priorities.
- Serving on other Cornell committees and groups, such as class and reunion committees, the President's Council of Cornell Women, University Council, the university's Major Gifts Committee and the Board of Trustees.
- Personally supporting the College's annual fund and other campaign priorities, at a level commensurate with one's capacity.
Advisory Council Members
- James Adelson `85, President, Nadel and Gussman. LLC
- Alice Katz Berglas `66, Event Marketing and Design
- Franci Blassberg `75, Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton
- Jason Brauth '02, Trading Desk Head, Goldman Sachs
- Paul Breitenbach `92, CEO R4 Technologies
- Ellen Gertsen `02, Operations Research Analyst, NASA
- Cheryl Einhorn '91
- Sarah Emerson '84, Managing Principal, Energy Security Analysis Inc.
- Richard Emmet II '94, Options Trader, Jane Street Capital LLC
- Scott Fowkes '85, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
- Elizabeth Grover `75, Retired
- Bruce Hack `71, Founder, BLH Venture Partners, LLC
- Alex Hanson `87, Vice President, TGS Management Corp
- Adadot Hayes `64, Retired Pediatrician
- Elliott Hillback Jr. `70, President of the Board, Indian River Lakes Conservancy
- Elizabeth Hobbs `80, Research Director, Sheard & Drugge, PC
- Steven Hobbs `80, Exec VP & Deputy Group Head of Business Media, Hearst Corporation - Business Media
- Robert Jain '92, co-chief investment officer, Millennium Management
- John Josephson `83, Chairman and CEO, SESAC
- Robert Katz `69, Senior Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co
- Jill Abrams Klein `80, Executive In Residence, American University
- Jean Sheng Larkin `77, Tandem Capital Management
- Natasha Leibel, M.D. ’92,’ 98 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center
- Jayne Lipman `78
- Mary Meduski '80, Chief Financial Officer, Cequel Communications
- Robert G. Minion '86, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
- Stephen Mong '92, Founder & Managing Director, Orien Capital Management, LLC
- Barbara R. Murstein P '18
- Eileen Nugent '75, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- David Picket `84, President, Gotham Organization
- Rochelle Proujansky `71, Educational Consultant
- Carol Rattray `78, Co-Founder, Zoomdojo
- Gregg Rechler P '16, Managing Partner, Rechler Equity Partners
- Dale Rosenthal `78, President-Clark Financial Services Group, Clark Construction
- Eric M. Roth '74, Of Counsel, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
- Marc Rothenberg `87, Extended Managing Director, Equities, Goldman, Sachs & Company
- Alexander Rubin `89, Partner, Moelis & Company
- Frank Scruggs II `73, Partner, Berger Singerman
- Stacy D. Selig '94, Head of Equity Structuring & Marketing Group for the Americas, Goldman Sachs
- Holly Shuter `93, Photographer /Owner of Straight Shuter Photography
- Elaine Sisman `72, Anne Parson Bender Professor of Music, Columbia University
- Ginger K. So '79, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank; Deputy Administrative Officer, National Corporate Specialized Industries
- Rachel Solarsh `01, Executive Director and Relationship Manager , JP Morgan Private Bank
- Amy St. Eve '87, District Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Andrea Tessler `85, Managing Director/COO, Family Management Corp.
- Margie Wang `79, Chief Operating Officer & CFO, JA Worldwide
- Barton Winokur `61, Partner, Dechert LLP
- Barbara Zalaznick `76
- Lisa J. Zelson '88
Advisory Council Emeritus Members
- Robert Abrams `53
- Helen Appel `55
- Eleanor Applewhaite `59
- Otto Doering III `62
- Barbara Friedman `59
- James Gibbs Jr `52
- Keith Johnson `56
- Albert Kaneb `60
- Bobette Leidner `43
- Virginia Lindseth `56
- Dorothy Litwin `57
- Kevin McGovern '70
- Ronay Menschel '64
- Almeda Church (A.C.) Riley `58
- Kenneth Riskind `59
- John (Jack) Rupert `49
- Richard Schwartz `60
- Burton Siegel `56
- Patricia Stewart `50
- James Stocker `51
- Harold Tanner `52