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James Beard Award Nominee Elizabeth Blau is the founder and CEO of restaurant development company Blau + Associates, a firm dedicated to creating world-class hospitality experiences, and is widely credited with transforming Las Vegas into the world-class culinary destination it is today. A judge on CNBC’s Restaurant Startup, she also operates several restaurants her husband chef Kim Canteenwalla including: Honey Salt, Andiron Steak & Sea, and Buddy V’s Ristorante, a collaboration with TV’s Cake Boss Buddy Valastro.
Jonathan Burdick oversees admissions, financial aid and the university registrar. He is charged with strategically positioning Cornell to better achieve its institutional goals and priorities, while also supporting and strengthening the specific enrollment-related needs and goals of the university’s colleges and schools. He will spearhead the university’s self-study in admissions, financial aid and registrar with the intent to enhance and evolve Cornell’s current practices. Read more
Shakima M. Clency comes to Cornell from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, where she served as the inaugural Diversity Fellow in the Center for Student Involvement. In this capacity, she advised several identity affinity student organizations, taught courses on pop culture and social justice, and served on the Bias Response Team and President's Committee on Diversity. Prior to her time at Alfred University, she served as the Senior Associate Director in the Office of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Read more
Robert S. Harrison ’76 has been a member of Cornell’s Board of Trustees since 2002 and became chairman in 2012; he also serves on the Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech boards of overseers. He previously chaired the board’s Executive Committee and Student Life Committee; as an undergraduate, he served as a student trustee from 1975-76.
In summer 2019, Jenny Loeffelman began as Assistant Vice President for Student and Campus Life. Jenny received an undergraduate degree in Communications from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and a Masters in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University. Prior to joining Cornell, Jenny was the Director of Student Activities and the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Miami University in Oxford Ohio for 9 years. She started her higher education career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she served as the Assistant Dean of Students working with Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Dr. Ryan Lombardi serves as the Vice President for Student and Campus Life at Cornell University. The Division of Student and Campus Life provides a broad array of programs and services designed to support students and the campus community, including Athletics and Physical Education, Dean of Students Office, Campus & Community Engagement, Gannett Health Services, Campus Life Enterprise Services, the Public Service Center and Cornell Career Services. Read more
Joel M. Malina serves as Vice President for University Relations, coordinating Cornell’s internal and external communications functions, the university’s relationships with federal, state, and local policy makers and stakeholders, visitor relations, and the Office of the Assemblies. Read more
Kara supervises the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life staff, helps to plan all programmatic and leadership initiatives for the sorority and fraternity community, is involved in the judicial processes for sororities and fraternities, communicates with sorority and fraternity alumni, and oversees the day-to-day management of sorority and fraternity life. Kara was the 2017-2018 president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). She is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and serves on their Executive Council. Read more
Risa Mish is professor of practice of management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. She designed and teaches the MBA Core course in Critical and Strategic Thinking, in addition to teaching courses in leadership and serving as faculty co-director of the Johnson Leadership Fellows program. Read more
In June 2018, Michelle returned to her alma mater with a deep background in global marketing and communications, having spent 18 years in progressively responsible roles at Proctor & Gamble. Her final assignment there was leading the brand communications, public relations, and crisis/issues management team for P&G's $5 billion health care division. She has actively leveraged her professional strategic planning and implementation skills in multiple volunteer roles, serving as president of the Cornell Club of Southwestern Ohio and a member of the Dyson Advisory Council. Michelle holds a bachelor of science degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Read more
With three decades of experience in fundraising and alumni relations, Fred is the university's chief fundraiser, overseeing a team of some 360 members responsible for building alumni engagement worldwide and securing private support from individuals and institutions for the Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses. Read more