Cornell's president is the chief executive officer of the college and advisor to and agent of the 30-member board of trustees. As educational and administrative head, the president superintends the affairs of the college and executes the decisions of the board.
Jonathan Brand, President
Jonathan Brand became Cornell's 15th president on July 1, 2011. Brand previously served as president of Doane College and as special assistant and counsel to the president at Grinnell College. He holds a law degree from Cornell University, a master's degree in French literature from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in history and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The inauguration of President Brand was held on April 21, 2012.