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Cornell Names Elizabeth Garrett as First Female President

Cornell University named Elizabeth Garrett president, the first woman to lead the 149-year-old Ivy League institution based in Ithaca, New York.

Garrett, a law professor and provost at the University of Southern California, will succeed David Skorton, who is leaving next year to run the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, Cornell said today in a statement. She will assume leadership of the selective school in the midst of a historic expansion, building a $2 billion technology campus in New York City.

“I am honored to have been selected as the next leader of this remarkable institution,” Garrett said in the statement. “Cornell is one of the world’s truly great universities, with a stellar commitment to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity.”