Employee Assembly Staff Forum: COVID - A Year Later
Martha Pollack, President
Joel Malina, Vice President for University Relations
Ryan Lombardi, Vice President for Student and Campus Life
Mary Opperman, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
One year in: Cornell's leaders look back, and forward
March 16, 2021 - On March 13, 2020, President Martha E. Pollack announced that the university was immediately suspending classes due to the newly declared COVID-19 pandemic. The expectation was that the pause would be temporary and business as usual would soon resume.
“And yet, here we are a full year later,” said Pollack during the Zoom broadcast of the “Employee Assembly Open Forum with President Pollack: COVID – A Year Later,” on March 12. The moderated Q&A included Pollack; Joel Malina, vice president for university relations; Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life; and Mary Opperman, vice president and chief human resources officer.