Renowned Ivy League Cornell University’s 12th president, David J. Skorton, M.D. visited the Cornell Alumni Club in Rochester New York to discourse upon the school’s numerous accolades and progressive academic goals for the 21st century. Most recently, Cornell NYC TECH campus was established to integrate a multidisciplinary approach combining education and research distinguished by academic excellence with commercial success and serving the sustainable global society-at-large. The uniqueness of Cornell’s entrepreneurial culture utilizes the best of NYC’s resources, business & technology and global access.
Skorton holds concurrent faculty appointments as professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and in Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. He is also past chair of the Business-Higher Education Forum, an independent, nonprofit organization of industry CEOs, leaders of colleges and universities, and foundation executives; life member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and member of the board of directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges. A Master of the American College of Cardiology, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A seasoned administrator, board-certified cardiologist, biomedical researcher, jazz musician, and advocate for the arts and humanities, President Skorton strives to make Cornell University a global model of excellence combining academic distinction and public service. He remarked emphatically to Mary Ho, Cornell alumna and President of China Frontier, that Cornell trains future leaders for the world.