Young Alumni

Meet the Young Alumni Chair

“If you ever have a hard time thinking of reasons why you should support IC, please remember this: The lifelong friends you have made, you made them at IC. The skills you have acquired, you acquired them at IC. The study-abroad experience that helped you learn more about yourself and the world, you did that at IC. The research experience you have gained, you got that at IC. And you got that at IC because alumni who came before you gave whatever they could.”

-Cornell Woodson ’09, IC Annual Fund Young Alumni Chair


Cornell is originally from Camden, New Jersey. He graduated from Ithaca College in 2009 with a B.S. in communications and minors in health care management and health communications. Immediately following graduation, Cornell moved to Atlanta to teach 9th-12th grade English with Teach for America. During his second year in the corps, he served as the dean of students in charge of behavior management and designed the school's behavior management plan.

After his two-year commitment, Cornell returned to school at the University of Vermont, where he just earned his master's degree in higher education and student affairs administration. He now serves as a program administrator at New York University in the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs.

Cornell's ultimate goal is to be a college or university president some day. His preferred pronouns are "he" and "him," but he doesn't mind an occasional "hey girl!"