Employee-Elected Trustee Election - Fall 2020

September 21, 2020

Election Results

Cornell University is one of relatively few institutions in the nation to allow employees to directly elect a representative to the Board of Trustees, its highest governing body. Every four years a staff member will be elected by fellow employees to serve as a full voting member on the Board of Trustees.

Meet the Candidates
Employee-Elected Trustee Candidate Debate (Tuesday, September 8, 2020)
Information for Candidates
All regular, full-time employees of Cornell in non-exempt, exempt, or academic non-professorial staff categories (i.e., excluding all members of the University Faculty permitted to vote for a faculty-elected Trustee pursuant to the first paragraph of Article XIII, Section 1 of the Cornell By-laws) who are employed at the Ithaca, Geneva, or Cornell Tech NYC campuses, are eligible to run in this election. The elected candidate will serve as a full-voting member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees for a four-year term, from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2024.
Candidates must confirm with their supervisors that their employment at Cornell extends through the end of the proposed four-year term, either because (a) they are “at-will” employees or (b) their contract has an end-date beyond such term. Candidates must also confirm with their supervisors that, should they be elected, their work obligations will be sufficiently flexible to allow them to fulfill their Trustee obligations.
Please review the categories of employees who are not eligible to be candidates in the CCCET Procedures (§III.5.c, page 2). If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the Office of the Assemblies via email: trustee-elections@cornell.edu.
Each person who wishes to be a candidate in this election must complete the following requirements by 12:00pm (noon) on Friday, February 21, 2020:
  1. Attend the information session: January 29th, 2020 from 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00pm in 316 Day Hall (Board Room).
  2. Complete the Online Registration Form. Be prepared to provide:
    • a candidate statement (1500 character-limit);
    • describe relevant experiences, community involvement and special interests; 
    • a photo of yourself;
    • campaign promotional materials (8.5 x 11" pdf).
    • View detailed information about the registration form requirements here.
  3. Gather 100 valid, distinct signatures using the Candidate Petition Form. We recommend you collect at least 150. Any employee of Cornell University may sign your petition form (even if they are not eligible to run).  There is no limit to the number of signatures you may submit.
    • Submit your petition forms in person to the Office of the Assemblies (109 Day Hall) by the registration deadline of Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 12:00pm.
After completing the registration requirements, candidates must also do the following as part of the election process:
  1. Attend the mandatory reactivation campaigning meeting on Thursday, August 27 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm via Zoom.
  2. Participate in the Trustee Candidate Debate/Forum on Tuesday, September 8 via Zoom (time TBD).
  3. Submit the Candidate Expense Report to the Office of the Assemblies by Wednesday, September 16, 2020 by 4:00pm, even if you have no expenses.
  4. Should there be cause to challenge a candidate, please complete the Challenge Form and submit it to the Office of the Assemblies at assembly@cornell.edu by Wednesday, September 16, 2020 by 4:00pm. 
PLEASE NOTE: The elected candidate must be able to attend the New Trustee Orientation meeting from 1:00-4:00pm on September 25, 2020 via Zoom.
View the full Employee-Elected Trustee 2020 Election Calendar.
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