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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


Frank H. T. Rhodes

Frank H. T. Rhodes was president of Cornell University for eighteen years before retiring in 1995. A geologist by training, Frank has served as chairman of the National Science Board and is former chairman of the American Council on Education, the Association of American Universities, and the Carnegie Foundation. He is also the recipient of the Bigsby Medal of the Geological Society, the Justin Morrill Award of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, the Higher Education Leadership Award of the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Clark Kerr Medal of the University of California–Berkeley, and the Ian Campbell Medal of the American Geological Institute.

Frank has published widely in the fields of geology, paleontology, evolution, the history of science, and education. His books include Language of the Earth; The Evolution of Life; Geology; Evolution; Fossils; and The Creation of the Future: The Role of the American University.

Frank is former vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan; a member of the Board of Overseers of Koc University, Turkey; a member of the board of trustees of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; former chairman of Atlantic Philanthropies; vice chair of the board of the Johnson Foundation; and former president of the American Philosophical Society. He has been awarded more than 35 honorary degrees.

Ezra Cornell's Unreasonable Vision

In this 2007 Reunion Weekend talk, Frank talks to a standing-room-only audience of alumni in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, asking them to join him in "re-imagining, reformulating, and reapplying" Ezra Cornell's vision of comprehensive higher education for all.