The Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is the College's chief academic officer providing administrative oversight for the five schools, various academic programs and support services. The Office of the Provost develops and implements academic policies and programs in accordance with College-wide principles and priorities, and in collaboration with all members of the Ithaca College community. This work includes promoting faculty research and creative activity, overseeing the academic curriculum in accordance with expectations of professional and regional accreditation organizations, faculty/student collaboration, leadership development, and the personal development of the whole student in the context of Ithaca's college education.

The Office of the Provost works collaboratively with partners on and beyond campus to help all our students learn and grow to realize their potential as global citizens so that they are prepared, upon completion of their degree programs, to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives in which they contribute to their communities.

Honorary Degree Nominations Due by November 1:

The Office of the Provost invites you to consider making nominations for honorary degrees. Nominations must be received by completing the Honorary Degree Nomination Form. Rationale and supporting data are expected at the time of nomination, and the nomination form must be filled out completely.

The criteria are:

The nominee possesses a record of outstanding personal/public achievement, community service, philanthropic endeavors and interest in education and/or humanitarian programs.

The nominee is known for outstanding scholarly contributions and/or demonstration of some other significant service of benefit to humanity or Ithaca College.

The nominee has made outstanding contributions in the private sector of our society (i.e., the clergy, law, medicine, business, education, etc.) in ways that harmonize with the heritage, character, and mission of the College.

Office of the Provost/Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs
3rd Floor, Peggy Ryan Williams Center
607-274-3113

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La Jerne Terry Cornish was appointed provost and senior vice president for academic affairs in July 2018. Previously, Cornish served as associate provost for undergraduate studies (2014-2018) at Goucher College in Baltimore. Prior to joining Goucher in 1998, Cornish held various positions in the Baltimore City Public School System for 15 years. She taught English in three middle schools, piloted the Maryland’s Tomorrow Middle School Program, and served as the assistant principal of Canton Middle School.

Cornish holds a doctorate in language, literacy, and culture from the University of Maryland; a master of education with a concentration in urban and diverse learners from Goucher College; and a bachelor’s degree in English, also from Goucher.