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Ithaca Together

A Community-Focused Celebration of IC's Tenth President was held October 1, 2022.

About La Jerne Terry Cornish

Dr. La Jerne Terry Cornish took office on March 7, 2022. Prior to this appointment, President Cornish served as interim president from August 2021 to March 2022, and as provost and executive vice president after joining IC as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs in July 2018.

During her tenure at Ithaca, and in addition to leading the college’s academic affairs division, President Cornish served as the primary architect of Ithaca Forever, the college’s five-year strategic plan, along with Jason Freitag, associate professor in the Department of History.

The plan, which contains nine transformative goals, aims to achieve the college’s vision of becoming a global destination for bold thinkers seeking to build thriving communities. Understanding the urgent need for significant and visionary change in the higher education business model, Ithaca Forever provides a blueprint for a sustainable future anchored by a commitment to inclusive, responsive, and student-centered action.

More information about President Cornish can be found on her official biography.