Statement by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on the Passing of Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett

March 7, 2016

"In her short time as president of Cornell University, Elizabeth Garrett made a significant and lasting impact on students, faculty, and staff as well as the local community; and I am deeply saddened to hear of her recent passing. Elizabeth was a dedicated leader and an inspiration to all those who knew her. Throughout the entire State University of New York, our thoughts and prayers are with Elizabeth’s family and friends today as we mourn the loss of one of the great leaders in higher education."

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