The comprehensive college completion program College Track announced today that Ithaca College President Shirley M. Collado will become its next president and chief executive officer on Jan. 10, 2022. The Ithaca College Board of Trustees has named Provost and Executive Vice President La Jerne Terry Cornish as interim president, effective Aug. 30 and for the entirety of the 2021-22 academic year.
President Collado will assume the role of senior advisor to the interim president and the board of trustees through Dec. 31, 2021, helping to ensure a smooth and successful transition for Provost Cornish as well as working on distinct external projects that are currently in-process to help advance the college’s strategic plan.
The board will be using the time during the transition to thoughtfully consider and evaluate the best approach to planning for the next Ithaca College president.
In a message to the campus community, board of trustees chair David H. Lissy ’87 and vice chair Jim Nolan ’77 expressed confidence in Cornish’s ability to lead the college during the coming year. They noted that since her appointment as provost in 2018, Cornish has played a significant role in partnering with Collado on decision-making processes related to the overall direction of the institution.