Presidential News

Brand argues for courage, vision in facing higher education’s problems

In an editorial published in the Huffington Post, Cornell College President Jonathan Brand argues that the conversation about higher education has lacked realistic solutions to problems such as financial aid, the increasing cost of attendance, and the value of a college degree. Read More

Corridor Business Journal writes about Cornell College’s strategic plan

Cornell College President Jonathan Brand was interviewed about what makes Cornell special, and about the college's strategic planning process. Read More

Jonathan Brand’s Inauguration

On April 21 Jonathan Brand was installed as Cornell's 15th President. In a speech before hundreds in King Chapel, Brand spoke about the value of the liberal arts, his passion for Cornell College and his hopes for the future. Read More

A holiday message from Cornell College and President Jonathan Brand

Happy holidays from Cornell College! Santa thought Cornell students deserved early recognition this year, so he deputized President Brand to give out some very special presents on the Orange Carpet. Students created this video that captures a lighthearted president and some of the great things happening at Cornell. Read More

$500,000 in gifts for the Thomas Commons

Three gifts from Cornell College alumni totaling $500,000 will move the Thomas Commons renovation project closer to completion. The gifts, $375,000 from an anonymous member of the class of 1962, $100,000 from Lon Mishler ’69 and Carol Fair Mishler ’70, and $25,000 from Andrew Buchmeyer ’86 and Gretchen Liebenow Buchmeyer ’88, are all to help […] Read More

New Student convocation

Cornell College President Jonathan Brand addressed hundreds of new students in King Chapel in August as part of the annual New Student convocation.   Read More

President talks about liberal arts value

In a meeting with the (Cedar Rapids) Gazette editorial board, Cornell College President Jonathan Brand spoke about the school’s plan to increase enrollment, as well as about the importance of a liberal arts education. From the article: The type of people who are drawn to the college’s one-course-at-a-time academic schedule and the type of relationships […] Read More

Brand inauguration set for 2012

The inauguration of incoming President Jonathan Brand will take place next year on Saturday, April 21, 2012. All faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are invited. The afternoon ceremony in King Chapel will follow the annual Student Symposium. Inauguration weekend will also feature athletic events and student creative work with senior art shows, and theatre, […] Read More

Jonathan Brand on the future of liberal arts education and more

When incoming President Jonathan Brand visited campus on Feb. 18, he spoke in King Chapel and met with students, faculty, staff, and community members. He also sat down for an interview for the Cornell Report and the Cornellian. New clips will be posted weekly. In the first clip, he speaks about what’s next for liberal […] Read More

Jonathan Brand addresses Cornellians

Incoming President Jonathan Brand was on campus Friday, Feb. 18 to meet with students, faculty, staff and community members. He spoke briefly in King Chapel about his commitment to Cornell and his vision for the future. You can see part of that speech below. Brand spoke for about 15 minutes, then took questions from the audience. […] Read More

Incoming president visiting campus

Incoming President Jonathan Brand and his wife, Rachelle LaBarge, will be on campus to meet the community on Friday, Feb. 18. Brand will speak briefly to students, faculty, and staff at 11:15 a.m. in King Chapel in a 15-minute event that will be broadcast live online.  Offices will close to allow staff to attend the […] Read More

Meet the new president: Jonathan Brand

From the Fall 2010 Cornell Report Cornell’s next president, Jonathan Brand, is hoping to bring some of the lessons he’s learned in his five years at the helm of Doane College in Crete, Neb., with him to the Hilltop. Brand, who will assume the presidency July 1, 2011, said that one of the most important efforts […] Read More

President-elect on liberal arts panel

Jonathan Brand, President-elect of Cornell College and President of Doane College in Nebraska, was on a panel that re-affirmed the value of a liberal-arts education at the Council of Independent Colleges’ Presidents’ conference.Brand was on a panel with Sanford J. Ungar, a former director of Voice of America who is now president of Goucher College […] Read More

Cornell names 15th President

Cornell College, a nationally-recognized liberal arts college with distinguished faculty across all disciplines, has named Doane College President Jonathan Brand its 15th President, effective July 1, 2011. Brand succeeds Les Garner, who served as President of Cornell for 16 years before leaving in June to become President and CEO of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community […] Read More