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Ithaca College welcomes new President

Ithaca, New York – Dr. La Jerne Terry Cornish became Ithaca College’s 10th President on Monday, March 7.
After serving as the college’s interim president since August 2021 following Shirley Collado’s departure, Cornish came to the position.
Cornish’s speech to the Board of Trustees was live-streamed from the community to enjoy.
Cornish came to Provost of Ithaca College in 2018.
Her wife, Deborah Ptak, is the principal of Lehman Alternative Community School in the Ithaca City School District.
Cornish has stated her intention to lead by the principles of intentionality, connection, and care.
“Those will be the guiding words that inform what we do moving forward,” said Cornish.

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