I was the eleventh president of Cornell University.
During my presidency, Cornell conducted a year-long, community-wide process of strategic reflection known as the "Call to Engagement."
As a result of the Call to Engagement, the university committed itself to:
- strengthening its identity as a transnational university with global impact, and
During my presidency the university also set new records for fundraising success (ranking among the nation's most successful universities) and for applicant volume.
Cornell published a collection of my thoughts as president in a book entitled An Optimistic Heart.