Presidential News

  • President talks about liberal arts value

    Jul 22, 2011

    In a meeting with the (Cedar Rapids) Gazette editorial board, Cornell College President Jonathan Brand spoke about the school’s plan to increase enrollment, as well as about the importance of a liberal arts education.

  • Brand inauguration set for 2012

    Apr 20, 2011

    The inauguration of incoming President Jonathan Brand will take place next year on Saturday, April 21, 2012. All faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are invited.

  • Jonathan Brand on the future of liberal arts education and more

    Mar 3, 2011

    When incoming President Jonathan Brand visited campus on Feb. 18, he spoke in King Chapel and met with students, faculty, staff, and community members. He also sat down for an interview for the Cornell Report and the Cornellian. New clips will be posted weekly.

  • Jonathan Brand addresses Cornellians

    Feb 18, 2011

    Incoming President Jonathan Brand was on campus Friday, Feb. 18 to meet with students, faculty, staff and community members. He spoke briefly in King Chapel about his commitment to Cornell and his vision for the future. You can see part of that speech below. 

  • Incoming president visiting campus

    Jan 31, 2011

    Incoming President Jonathan Brand and his wife, Rachelle LaBarge, will be on campus to meet the community on Friday, Feb. 18.

  • Meet the new president: Jonathan Brand

    Jan 10, 2011

    From the Fall 2010 Cornell Report Cornell’s next president, Jonathan Brand, is hoping to bring some of the lessons he’s learned in his five years at the helm of Doane College in Crete, Neb., with him to the Hilltop.

  • Cornell names 15th President

    Oct 27, 2010

    Cornell College, a nationally-recognized liberal arts college with distinguished faculty across all disciplines, has named Doane College President Jonathan Brand its 15th President, effective July 1, 2011. Brand succeeds Les Garner, who served as President of Cornell for 16 years before leaving in June to become President and CEO of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community […]

  • Presidential search narrowed to 3

    Oct 13, 2010

    Earlier this month the Presidential Search Committee interviewed eight semi-finalist candidates to succeed Les Garner as the 15th President of Cornell College.  Through this round of interviews the committee has narrowed the search to three finalists.

  • Presidential search to 8 semi-finalists

    Sep 14, 2010

    The presidential search committee has narrowed the field to eight semi-finalists from a variety of positions, including several sitting presidents.

  • Presidential Search Update, Aug. 11

    Aug 11, 2010

    The Presidential search is progressing according to plan. The full search committee will meet with consultants Witt-Kieffer on campus on Aug. 24 to discuss the search and again on Sept. 13 to review the candidate pool and identify eight to 10 semi-finalists to invite for off-site interviews.

  • Presidential Search Update

    Jul 21, 2010

    The college’s presidential search firm, Witt/Kieffer, reports that response to the opportunity has been strong and that they have been receiving applications steadily over the past several weeks.  Their proactive recruitment efforts are proceeding at an aggressive pace, and they report that the early responses to their outreach encourage them to be confident that the […]

  • Carlson named special assistant to the president

    Jun 16, 2010

    Chris Carlson, who completes two years as dean of the college this month, will continue his service to the college by becoming special assistant to the president on July 1.

  • James W. Brown named interim president

    May 17, 2010

    The Cornell College Board of Trustees has elected James W. Brown, special assistant to President Garner, as interim president starting July 1. President Les Garner is leaving after 16 years to become CEO of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

  • Firm chosen for Presidential search

    Apr 21, 2010

    John Smith ’71, chair of the Cornell College Board of Trustees and the Trustee Presidential Search Committee, has announced the selection of the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer of Oak Brook, Ill. The firm will be on campus within two weeks to spend time with various college constituencies.

  • President Garner to leave Cornell College

    Feb 25, 2010

    After 15 years as president, Les Garner is leaving Cornell College to accept the presidency of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (GCRCF). His tenure at the charitable foundation will begin in early to mid-July.