McGraw Tower, Uris Library and Ho Plaza in fall, shot from Barnes Hall.

Membership and nominations

New member onboarding

As a new member, we want to help you get accustomed to your new role in the President's Council of Cornell Women.

Watch the orientation webinar

Terms and expectations for members


A member-at-large term is six years and is non-renewable. You may extend your term if you are serving in a leadership role.

Members-at-large are expected to participate and contribute:

Members-at-large are encouraged to:

Sustaining member

When your member-at-large term ends, you have the option to stay connected to PCCW by becoming a sustaining member, which includes full membership benefits except the right to vote or hold PCCW office. Instructions on how to accept or decline the invitation to become a sustaining member will be provided in an email from the PCCW chair near the end of your term.

Sustaining members are expected to:

Emeritus Members

Emeritus members include founding members and former chairs of PCCW.


Membership on PCCW is determined through a nomination and vetting process completed by the PCCW Membership Committee.

Membership Criteria

Prospective candidates must meet the following criteria:

In considering membership diversity, we aim to have approximately 80% of our members with limited or no prior experience in other alumni organizations, and 20% with active university experience. NOTE: Cornell faculty/staff are not eligible for PCCW membership (until the time when not employed by Cornell).

For more details about the role of a PCCW Member at Large, please review the position description.

How to Nominate

This is a confidential process; please do not advise the candidate of her nomination. If you have membership questions, please contact Tina Gourley.

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