Around the industry: Cornell mourns first female president

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  • New York: Cornell University's first female president, Elizabeth Garret, died Sunday about a month after being diagnosed with colon cancer. She was 52. Provost and Acting President Michael Kotlikoff called Garrett "a visionary leader." He said, "Her greatest legacy will be for this generation of Cornellians—faculty, students, and staff—to build on Beth's fearless dedication to discovery and learning, and her incredible energy to make her vision for Cornell University's future a reality" (O'Connor, Ithaca Journal, 3/7; Keller, Cornell Daily Sun, 3/7).
  • Pennsylvania/Wisconsin: Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be leaving the school for Temple University. Goldrick-Rab has been an outspoken opponent of the University of Wisconsin System's tenure policies and says she will have better tenure protections and a faculty union at Temple (Inside Higher Ed, 3/8).
  • Tennessee: The state Senate Education Committee voted last week to strip the University of Tennessee's Office for Diversity and Inclusion of all but its federal funding and to transfer $8 million from the school's administration to its agricultural extension service and rural outreach programs. The vote still requires approval from the full House and Senate before it can go into effect (Locker, Knoxville News Sentinel, 3/2).

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