Central campus in spring, with Cayuga Lake, the Arts Quad, Libe Slope, Goldwin Smith Hall.

Beth Anderson ’80

Beth Anderson

Beth Anderson

Cornell degree: AB A&S 1980

“In order to attract top talent and develop tomorrow’s leaders, the board of trustees and the university need to ensure that Cornell is a welcoming environment for a diverse and inclusive range of Cornell students, faculty, and staff (“any person”) while also embracing the free and vigorous exchange of ideas, debate, and discourse—even if those ideas are controversial or uncomfortable.”

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Professional experience

  • EVP and publisher at Audible, Inc.
  • 15 years in book publishing industry at Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Alumni service

  • Cornell Alumni Advisory Board chair 2015–17
  • Cornell University Council 2009–18
  • Library Advisory Council 2001–present
  • Library Advisory Council chair 2006–08
  • Major Gifts Committee 2012–16
  • Cornell Alumni Magazine Committee vice-chair 2008–16
  • SAS Advisory Council 2009–12
  • Cornell Women’s Network Events 1984–2017
  • Regional Phonathons 1985–2002
  • CAANYC 1981–86

Community and public service

  • Audio Publishers Association board member or officer 2000–19
  • Co-op Board President 2010–present
  • Operation Santa Claus 1982–2019
  • Seaside Park (NJ) Taxpayers’ Association, officer including president
  • Seaside Park (NJ) Mayor’s Advisory Council 2005–07
  • Brooklyn Heights Neighborhood Watch 1994–99
  • New York Cares community service projects

Student involvements and activities

  • Quill and Dagger
  • Provost’s Advisory Committee
  • Women’s Athletic Association President
  • Women’s Swim Team
  • Women’s Lacrosse Team
  • Women’s Rugby Club
  • Women’s Soccer Club

Additional information

My family is filled with Cornell red. I am the daughter of Arlie ’47 and Doug ’50 Anderson, the niece of Sally Williams ’51, the sister of Roger Anderson ’78 and the partner of Nancy Sverdlik ’79. I have early memories of my mother singing the Alma Mater and Give My Regards to Davy during my bath time.