Keynote Discussion with Martha Pollack


Martha pollack

President, Cornell University

Martha E. Pollack is the fourteenth president of Cornell University and professor of computer science, information science, and linguistics. She took office on April 17, 2017.

 As president, she is committed to sustaining and enhancing Cornell's academic distinction by building on its unique strengths as an Ivy League and land grant university with exceptional breadth of expertise. She supports a culture of educational "verve," investing in new, evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning. She works to develop important synergies among and within Cornell's campuses, building on the vision of "One Cornell" and capitalizing on the complementary strengths of our urban and rural campuses. Among her highest priorities is promoting Cornell's founding commitment to diversity and egalitarianism, and fostering an inclusive community whose members consistently seek to communicate effectively across difference. 

Pollack was previously provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. As the university's chief academic officer and chief budget officer, she was responsible for an academic enterprise that includes 19 schools and colleges. Before that, she served as Michigan's vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs, and as dean of its School of Information. She has also served on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, and as a member of the technical staff at SRI International.

Pollack is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. She earned a bachelor's degree in linguistics at Dartmouth College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania.