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Cornell Taps Former Leader After President’s Death

by Associated Press

ITHACA, N.Y. ― Cornell University says Hunter Rawlings III will once again serve as interim president while the school seeks to replace its deceased leader.

Rawlings is a 71-year-old professor emeritus of classics who was Cornell president from 1995 to 2003 and interim president in 2005 and 2006.

He is taking the interim presidency again after President Elizabeth Garrett died of colon cancer March 6, after eight months on the job. Garrett was 52.

Rawlings becomes interim president April 25.

Cornell says an international search for a new president will begin in the coming months. Rawlings will serve until a new president assumes the office.

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