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Cornell U. Names First Female President

Cornell University has named the provost of the University of Southern California as its 13th president, according to a news release on its website. Elizabeth Garrett will be Cornell’s first female president when she takes office, on July 1, 2015.

Ms. Garrett has been Southern California’s provost since 2010. She is also a professor of law, political science, finance and business economics, and public policy.

Cornell’s current president, David J. Skorton, announced in March that he would leave to become the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. In the university’s news release, he said of Ms. Garrett: “I look forward to working closely with her over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and a successful start to what I am confident will be her exceptional tenure at Cornell.”

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