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Ithaca College names Cornish provost

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La Jerne Terry Cornish
La Jerne Terry Cornish

ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca College announced it has appointed La Jerne Terry Cornish as provost and senior VP for academic affairs.

As the college’s chief academic officer, the provost and senior VP for academic affairs reports directly to the college’s president and plays a significant role in strategic planning and implementation

Cornish has served since 2014 as associate provost for undergraduate studies at Goucher College in Baltimore.

In a new release, Ithaca College described Cornish as “an education administrator with a strong record of helping students and faculty achieve success.”

Cornish spent the first 15 years of her professional career as a teacher and administrator in the Baltimore City Public Schools System, of which she herself is a product. In 1998, she joined the faculty at Goucher — where she had earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education — as an instructor in the Education Department, teaching a variety of courses and coordinating the college’s secondary education program.

While teaching full time, Cornish earned her Ph.D. in language, literacy and culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She subsequently earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor, and served Goucher in a variety of leadership positions:

“Dr. Cornish’s lengthy work both in K-12 and higher education administration, combined with her documented track record to inspire faculty to work together to effect change at a tuition-dependent institution, bodes well for Ithaca College,” Jack Powers, associate professor of media arts, sciences, and studies, said in the release.

Cornish will begin her new position at Ithaca College on July 1. She succeeds Linda Petrosino, who has served as provost since 2016. Petrosino will resume her role as dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, the college said.

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