Alumni discuss the planned College of Business

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The Alumni Engagement Committee has been created to inform alumni and engage them in discussions regarding the Cornell College of Business, which was approved by the Cornell University Board of Trustees in January and which will be comprised of the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Dyson School), and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Johnson).

All alumni are invited to participate in an online forum Feb. 25, noon–1:00 p.m. ET. Registration is open at business.cornell.edu. This site also offers a form for comments at any time.

“We want to hear from alumni of all Cornell’s colleges as we plan for this significant undertaking,” says Fred Van Sickle, vice president for the Division of Alumni Affairs and Development and co-chair of the committee.

Three college-specific online forums have already been held for alumni of SHA, Johnson, and Dyson School on Feb. 17–19 and featured committee members, administrators, and current students.

“Cornell alumni are incredibly passionate, talented, and business-savvy,” says Nicole DelToro ’91, Cornell trustee and co-chair of the Alumni Engagement Committee. “Whether one is a graduate of one of these three colleges or of another college, we want to hear ideas, thoughts, and concerns.”

DelToro said the main task of the committeeis to encourage robust engagement and involvement of alumni with the colleges and schools, both in the short-term and in the months ahead.

The 24-member Alumni Engagement Committee includes alumni from SHA, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Johnson, and the College of Arts and Sciences, in addition to relevant staff members. It is one of seven committees established to “ensure the structural and academic decisions that will define the new College of Business are as broadly informed as possible,” according to business.cornell.edu. The specific goals and memberships of each committee are listed on the website.

“We cannot succeed without your support and engagement,” said Soumitra Dutta,  dean designate of the College of Business and co-chair of the committee, during the Feb. 17 forum for Dyson School alumni. “So please do tell us. Give us your ideas.”

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