Cornell President Lehman accepts Reichenbach's resignation

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ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University President Jeffrey S. Lehman has accepted the resignation of Inge Reichenbach as Cornell University's Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development, effective early May 2005. Reichenbach will be accepting a position as Vice President for Development at Yale University.

Reichenbach's accomplishments and wealth of experience leave an indelible mark on Cornell University and its grateful alumni community whose energy and devotion best express her impact on the Cornell community. Under her leadership, Cornell's Alumni Affairs and Development organization has made remarkable achievements, not the least of which was last year's posting an all-time record of $386 million in cash receipts, placing Cornell University third among its peers in overall giving and in first place in alumni giving nationally. Perhaps Reichenbach's most lasting contribution to Cornell University is the organization she has built around commitment to institutional ideals, performance and caring for one another.

"Under Inge's leadership, Cornell's development team has set the pace among its peers," said Lehman. "Inge is an extraordinarily talented leader in the development profession. Her contributions to Cornell have been immeasurable, and she will be sorely missed. We wish her all the very best as she pursues the next phase in her career."

Laura Toy, a long-time member of the development team and currently Cornell's Alumni Affairs and Development campaign director, will assume the vice president's position on an interim basis. President Lehman will initiate a search process for Vice President Reichenbach's successor immediately.