Cornell President Dies of Cancer

Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett died from colon cancer late Sunday evening according to an announcement from the University.

Garrett underwent surgery at Weill Cornell Medical in NY on February 22 after announcing to the Cornell community she was diagnosed with colon cancer on February 8. She was 52 years old.

Garrett was the 13th President of Cornell and took office last summer on July 1, 2015. Her husband, Andrei Mormor, is a professor of law at Cornell.

She was formerly a provost at the University of Southern California.

The Cornell community observed a moment of silence in memory of President Garrett on Monday afternoon at the Ithaca campus.