Monday, March 10, 2014

Cornell University President David Skorton Leaving To Head Smithsonian Institution - What Will This Mean For Roosevelt Island?

Cornell Vice President Cathy Dove and President David Skorton Before 4/5/12 Town Hall Meeting

According to the Cornell Chronicle:
David J. Skorton, Cornell University’s 12th president, has been named the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. His appointment was approved by a vote of the Smithsonian Board of Regents on March 9. Skorton will be president and continue all the duties and activities of his office at Cornell through June 30, 2015. At that time he and his wife, Professor Robin Davisson, will relocate to Washington, D.C....
What will this mean for the Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech project? I've asked Cornell for comment and will update when received.

Here's my April 2012 interview with President Skorton as he describes his vision for the Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech school.

UPDATE 3/11 - Yesterday, Cornell NYC Tech released this statement regarding President's Skorton's departure:
As we learned today, David Skorton was named the next leader of the Smithsonian. While David has been deeply engaged with Cornell Tech, this new campus is a significant strategic priority for Cornell, which goes much broader and deeper than any individual President or administration. We look forward to David's continued leadership and active involvement through June 2015 when he steps down, as well as to a high degree of engagement with Cornell's next President. Of course, Provost Fuchs will also continue his significant involvement as well.