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Statement on Learning of the Death of Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett

I am devastated by the premature death of Elizabeth Garrett, just a few months into her presidency at Cornell.  Beth’s death at the age of 52 is a tragedy.  She was an extraordinary talent who accomplished a great deal during her years at the University of Southern California, most recently as Provost.  Her passion for her work was infectious.  I have no doubt that with enough time hers would have been a transformative presidency at Cornell.  My heart goes out to the Cornell community and especially to her family and friends.