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Search committee for Cornell Tech dean announced

Provost Michael Kotlikoff and Deputy Provost John Siliciano will co-chair the search committee for the next Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean of Cornell Tech. The committee will begin meeting immediately to develop a position announcement.

“This is an exciting time for Cornell Tech. Building on the tremendous accomplishments to date, the next dean will be in a position to move the campus forward in reputation, distinction and influence,” said Kotlikoff. “I’m grateful to the faculty for their valuable input on the search committee, and I’m looking forward to working with the members to expeditiously identify an outstanding leader for Cornell Tech.”

The members of the search committee are:

  • Alyssa Apsel, professor and director, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering;
  • Kavita Bala, professor and chair, Department of Computer Science;
  • Augustine Choi, provost for medical affairs and the Stephen and the Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine;
  • Deborah Estrin, associate dean and the Robert V. Tishman ’37 Professor, Cornell Tech;
  • James Grimmelmann, professor of law, Cornell Tech;
  • Itai Gurvich, associate professor, Cornell Tech;
  • Kevin Hallock, dean, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business;
  • Dan Lee, the Tisch University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering;
  • Greg Morrisett, dean, Computing and Information Science;
  • Tapan Parikh, associate professor, Cornell Tech;
  • Adam Shwartz, senior executive vice president, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology;
  • David Siegel, co-chairman, Two Sigma Investments, and Cornell Tech overseer;
  • Juliet Weissman, chief administrative officer, Cornell Tech; and
  • Meejin Yoon, the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean, College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

Search firm Isaacson Miller will assist in the process.

Dan Huttenlocher, the Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean and vice provost of Cornell Tech, is stepping down Aug. 1 to become the inaugural dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s new Schwarzman College of Computing. University administrators said they expect to name Huttenlocher’s replacement before he departs.

Kotlikoff asked faculty members to submit the names of people who might merit consideration by the search committee, as well as the names of people who might be important sources of information about possible candidates, to a confidential search mailbox, techdean@cornell.edu. Over the past two weeks, he has been meeting with faculty and the Cornell Tech community to outline the search plans and get their views on the desired attributes of the next Cornell Tech dean.

“Faculty nominations of potential candidates play an essential role in developing a robust candidate pool,” Kotlikoff said. “We encourage nominations and ideas from the faculty, and will communicate with faculty, staff and students during the search process.”

Cornell Tech, which offers interdisciplinary and hands-on graduate education in technology, business and law, opened in New York City in 2012 and moved to its permanent home on Roosevelt Island in 2017. Its faculty and students collaborate extensively with the tech industry, New York City and researchers across Cornell.

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