The 2018 contest pays tribute to Elizabeth "Beth" Garrett


 Elizabeth Garrett

Elizabeth Garrett

This year's honoree, President Elizabeth Garrett, died March 2016 at age 52.

President Garrett had a very short tenure at Cornell.

Chair of the Cornell Board of Trustees, Robert Harrison `76:
"A remarkable human being and a vibrant and passionate leader;"
"the quintessential Cornellian"
"President Garret left a lasting legacy on Cornell."

Provost Michael Kotlikoff:
"an inspiring visionary and leader who constantly raised the bar for all at Cornell."

President Garrett was actively involved in campus issues, working to ameliorate housing problems for graduate students, approved the opening of Anabel's Grocery, rearranging Day Hall leadership and defending freedom of speech on campus.  President Garrett frequently expressed her support for students and faculty.

Her legacies at Cornell include:
1. Spearheading an effort to group Cornell's three accredited business programs into the College of Business.

2. Obtained the USC Shoah Foundations Visible History Archives, to be housed in Cornell's library for the Cornell community and beyond to access. Robert Katz `69, Cornell trustee emeritus and former board chair of the USC Shoah Archives noted Cornell's library as "a technological leader and this kind of digital historiography was a logical fit."  Anne R. Kenney, the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian: "This collection offers incredible first hand testimonials of the effects of mass genocide campaigns on the survivors." 

Elizabeth Garrett is the second Cornell President to be honored in the Saperstein Sermon Contest.