Member Guidelines

Terms and expectations for CU Council members

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Cornell University Council members are alumni, parents, and friends who have demonstrated leadership for Cornell. This webinar contains valuable information for every Council member.


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Member terms

A CUC member serves for four years. A member may be re-elected after a two-year hiatus; he or she is then automatically reconsidered by the Membership Committee for another term based on  continued leadership and involvement with Cornell, as well as whether the member meets the member expectations during the recent term.

Member qualifications

To qualify for council membership, a candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria: demonstrated leadership and involvement in Cornell activities for 5 or more years; achievement of significant leadership role in business, profession, or vocation; significant contribution to the betterment of society through leadership in community, education, charitable organizations, or other humanitarian undertakings.

Member Expectations

  • Serve as a Council Ambassador, sharing the current university message at least once during the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).
  • Give to Cornell
  • Nominate a Cornell volunteer: The Council Membership Committee annually reviews nominations received from Council members, deans, and staff, then makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
  • Attend Trustee-Council Annual Meeting.

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