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Stakeholder input to help shape College of Business

President Elizabeth Garrett and Provost Michael Kotlikoff have outlined a process of engagement aimed to garner input from faculty, students, staff and alumni in shaping an ambitious and innovative integrated College of Business. A host of committees that anchor the broad engagement effort have already begun to define the governance structure and other details of the new college.

At its Jan. 30 meeting, the Cornell Board of Trustees authorized the design and implementation of a plan for the college, which will comprise the university’s three accredited business schools: the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Dyson) and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Johnson). More information about the college, including a FAQ, is available at business.cornell.edu.

Faculty and leadership of the three schools will work to determine the academic processes, governance and other necessary elements of the new college, with input from students, staff and alumni advisory committees (see below) that will ensure that decisions are as broadly informed as possible.

“We wish to underscore our commitment to making this process inclusive and open for all, and encourage all of you to engage committee members representing your respective constituencies to share your thoughts and aspirations for the new college, as your input will be critical to its success,” Garrett and Kotlikoff wrote in an email to the Cornell community announcing the board’s authorization.

Thoughts and aspirations for the new college are also being sought through open forums, a series of alumni events and online feedback. These include an informational session for students Feb. 2, 5-6 p.m., at Willard Straight Hall’s Memorial Room, where students can ask questions and learn how the College of Business will further their educational opportunities and those of future students. Separately, a town hall forum for faculty and staff will take place Feb. 17, 4:30-6 p.m., at Goldwin Smith Hall’s Lewis Auditorium. Online alumni forums will also be scheduled this month to extend the engagement process to alumni. In addition, as university and College of Business leaders travel in the coming months they will further engage with alumni about this initiative.

All members of the Cornell community are encouraged to submit comments, questions and concerns by using the feedback form at business.cornell.edu or by contacting members of their constituent committees.

The administration will provide regular updates to the community on progress toward shared goals for the college.

The following committees have been established:

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is charged with ensuring that key issues related to the successful creation of the college are addressed; creating working groups of faculty, students, staff and alumni as needed on specific issues; obtaining support from key stakeholders; and ensuring consistency of communications and messaging strategy around the formation of the college.

Membership:

  • Soumitra Dutta, Dean Designate, College of Business, co-chair
  • Michael Kotlikoff, Provost, co-chair
  • Chris Barrett, Deputy Dean and Dean Designate of Academic Affairs, College of Business
  • Kathryn Boor, Dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Michael Johnson, Dean of School of Hotel Administration
  • Ryan Lombardi, Vice President for Student and Campus Life
  • Joel Malina, Vice President for University Relations
  • Mary Opperman, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Chris Schaffer, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and University Faculty Committee
  • John Siliciano, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Paul Streeter, Vice President for Budget and Planning
  • Fred Van Sickle, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development

Faculty Governance Committee

This committee will define program areas across three schools around common curricular and scholarly interests in order to build a unified college faculty; define principles that define program areas; define responsibilities/authorities of program area leaders and school deans; articulate promotion and tenure guidelines/standards for faculty and academic staff, including grandfathering arrangements for existing faculty, tenure clock duration and review processes; define processes for faculty consultation on and governance over major policy issues; and identify areas that need further work and deliberation.

Membership:

  • John Siliciano, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, co-chair
  • Chris Barrett, Deputy Dean and Dean Designate of Academic Affairs, College of Business, co-chair
  • Rob Bloomfield, Academic Director of eLearning (Johnson)
  • Steven Carvell, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (SHA)
  • Mike Fontaine, Acting Dean of the Faculty
  • Sachin Gupta, Director, Graduate Studies (Johnson)
  • Vrinda Kadiyali, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Johnson)
  • Harry Kaiser, Gellert Family Professor of Applied Economics and Management (Dyson)
  • Ed McLaughlin, Associate Director, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Dyson)
  • Pam Moulton, Associate Professor of Finance (SHA)
  • Max Pfeffer, Senior Associate Dean (CALS)
  • Mike Sturman, Associate Dean for Faculty Development (SHA)

Alumni Engagement Committee

The committee will define processes for alumni engagement and communication across the three schools; identify existing and emerging opportunities that exist across all three schools that will increase alumni engagement and participation; and provide opportunities for engagement of and communication with alumni community around planning and ensure alumni perspective is shared with appropriate committees.

Membership:

  • Soumitra Dutta, Dean Designate, College of Business, co-chair
  • Fred Van Sickle, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development, co-chair
  • Robert Alter, Member, Cornell Hotel Society and SHA Advisory Board
  • Chris Barrett, Deputy Dean and Dean Designate of Academic Affairs, College of Business
  • Dave Breazzano, Chair, Johnson Advisory Council
  • Sharon Detzer, Senior Director, Alumni Affairs and Development (CALS)
  • Dan Dmochowski, Chair, Undergraduate Advisory Council (Dyson)
  • Michael Johnson, Dean of School of Hotel Administration
  • Meg Keilbach, Associate Dean, Alumni Affairs and Development (SHA)
  • Joe Lavin, Member, Hotel Society Foundation and Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship Board
  • Sean Scanlon, Associate Dean, Alumni Affairs and Development (Johnson)
  • Rohit Verma, Dean Designate of External Relations, College of Business
  • Kim Wagner, Chair, CALS Advisory Council

Staff Synergy Group

The group will define areas across the three schools for achieving synergy of actions and plans – both in terms of efficiency and effectiveness; define processes for coordination of staff governance and management across the three schools; identify risk areas and enumerate plans for risk mitigation; and identify areas that need further work and deliberation.

Membership:

  • Soumitra Dutta, Dean Designate, College of Business, co-chair
  • Mary Opperman, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, co-chair
  • Tracy Cary, Director of Finance and Budget (SHA)
  • Tony Caudill, Director of Human Resources (CALS)
  • Kathy Doxey, Human Resources Director (Johnson)
  • Tim Durnford, Associate Dean of Business Affairs (SHA)
  • Margaret H. Ferguson, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration (CALS)
  • Gail Fink, Associate Director for Partnerships (Dyson)
  • Rick Kuhar, Director of Human Resources (SHA)
  • Beth Lucy-Speidel, Senior Associate Director for Administration (Dyson)
  • Amanda Shaw, Assistant Dean for Student Services (Johnson)
  • Betsy Shrier, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
  • Laura Syer, Associate Dean for Administration and Finance (Johnson)

Communications Synergy Committee

The committee will define and oversee communications strategies to engage key internal and external stakeholder groups; ensure consistency of message across all communications; and identify potential risks in need of attention and deliberation.

Membership:

  • Joel Malina, Vice President for University Relations, chair
  • David Bebko, Associate Dean and Chief Marketing Officer (Johnson)
  • Melissa Britcher, Manager of Strategic Priority Communications (University Communications)
  • John Carberry, Senior Director for Media Relations (University Communications)
  • Aaron Fowler, Web Administrator (CALS)
  • Al Gonzalez, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications (SHA)
  • Joe Lyons, Interim Director of Communications (AA&D)
  • John McKain, Associate Vice President (University Communications)
  • Amy Newman, Senior Lecturer (SHA)
  • Sandra Paniccia, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications (Johnson)
  • Sarah Magnus-Sharpe, Director, Public Relations and Communications (Johnson)
  • Samara Sit, Assistant Dean for Communications (CALS)
  • Rohit Verma, Dean Designate of External Relations, College of Business

Undergraduate Student Synergy Group

The group will define areas across three schools for achieving synergy of student participation and benefits; define processes for student governance across the three schools; identify risk areas and enumerate plans for risk mitigation; and identify areas that need further work and deliberation.

Membership:

  • Ryan Lombardi, Vice President for Student and Campus Life, co-chair
  • Rohit Verma, Dean Designate of External Relations, College of Business, co-chair
  • Cindy Allen, Executive Director of Academic Operations (SHA)
  • Steven Carvell, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (SHA)
  • Ann LaFave, Director of Student Services (CALS)
  • Laya Mallela ’17, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Faculty Engagement, Dyson Undergraduate Council
  • Casey McClaren ’17, President, Dyson Undergraduate Council
  • Sarah Murdoch ’16, Member, Dean’s Student Advisory Board (SHA)
  • Armaan Singh Nirh ’16, Member, Dean’s Student Advisory Board (SHA)
  • Cindy Van Es, Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs (Dyson)

Graduate Student Synergy Group

The group will define areas across three schools for achieving synergy of student participation and benefits; define processes for student governance across the three schools; identify risk areas and enumerate plans for risk mitigation; and identify areas that need further work and deliberation.

Membership:

  • Barbara Knuth, Graduate School Dean and Senior Vice Provost, co-chair
  • Chris Barrett, Deputy Dean and Dean Designate of Academic Affairs, College of Business, co-chair
  • Cindy Allen, Executive Director of Academic Operations (SHA)
  • Linda Canina, Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Field of Hotel Administration
  • Sean Garner, MBA ’16, Residential Program (Johnson)
  • Sachin Gupta, Director of Graduate Studies (Johnson)
  • Margaret Jodlowski, Graduate Field of Applied Economics and Management
  • Dustin Jones, Director of Baker Program in Real Estate (SHA)
  • David Just, Graduate Field of Applied Economics and Management
  • Beta Mannix, Associate Dean for Executive MBA Programs
  • Matt McGranaghan, President of Dyson Graduate Student Association
  • Diana Narvaez, MBA ’16, Residential Program (Johnson)
  • David Ng, Graduate Field of Applied Economics and Management
  • Sammakai Richards, President, Hotel Graduate Student Organization
  • Amanda Shaw, Assistant Dean for Student Services (Johnson)
  • Cal Turvey, Graduate Field of Applied Economics and Management

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