Frank and Rosa Rhodes at the 2013 Frank H T Rhodes (FHTR) Exemplary Alumni Service Award Dinner.

Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award

Honoring alumni who have given long-term volunteer service to Cornell

A Prestigious Honor

Frank H. T. Rhodes, the ninth president of Cornell University, is one of the most beloved and respected administrators in Cornell’s history, and has eloquently inspired alumni of all ages as well as generations of Cornell students to continue their life after Cornell as dedicated Cornellians. In 1994, the Cornell Alumni Association, with the endorsement of the Board of Trustees Committee on Alumni Affairs, established the Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award in his honor.

This award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service to Cornell through long-term volunteer activity. Consideration is given to the length and depth of activity; gifts are not among the criteria used to select honorees. University trustees are not eligible for consideration until they are no longer active members of the board. A maximum of six awards may be presented annually.

Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will take place on Friday, September 21 in Ithaca, NY.

Reception begins at 5:15 pm in the Carrier Grand Ballroom Foyer, second floor, Statler Hotel.

Dinner begins at 6:00 pm, Carrier Grand Ballroom, Statler Hotel.

Guest accommodations can be made through the Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca by calling 607-277-8900 and reference CU FHTR event.

Parking is available in the Sage parking lot, with overflow in Hoy Garage. Parking permits are not required but please be sure to indicate on your registration whether or not you are requesting parking.
Valet parking is only for guests staying at the Statler Hotel.

Questions? Please contact Carole Quealy at 607-254-7104 or or Darlene Rodriguez at 607-254-7115 or

Congratulations to the 2018 Recipients!

  • C. Morton Bishop III ’74
  • Jay W. Carter ’71, MEng ’72
  • Gloria J. Lang ’69
  • Dale Lazar ’74, JD ’77
  • Randy L. Rosenberg ’74
  • Jeanne B. Sander ’66

Nominations are now closed for 2018

Honorees are chosen each year from candidates nominated by Cornell alumni. Do you know of someone deserving? Tell us! A special committee reviews nominations and announces honorees each spring. The recipients are then invited to return to campus in the fall to receive their awards at a special celebration in their honor.

To nominate someone, first consider these criteria:

  • Length and breadth of the nominee’s activities and leadership
  • Unique or unsung contributions made to Cornell
  • Involvement with Cornell since the nominee’s graduation
  • Graduated 35 or more years ago
  • University trustees and members of the selection committee are not eligible until their term ends.

View past award recipients 

Gifts to Cornell, professional achievements, and non-Cornell volunteer service are not considered when selecting honorees.


Carole Quealy
Office of Volunteer Programs

Division of Alumni Affairs and Development 130 E. Seneca Street, Suite 400 Ithaca, NY 14850