Campus-Constituency-Elected Trustee Election - Spring 2020 (Employees)

February 27, 2020

Cornell University is one of relatively few institutions in the nation to allow employees to directly elect a representative to the Board of Trustees, its highest governing body. Every four years a staff member will be elected by fellow employees to serve as a full voting member on the Board of Trustees.



Information for Candidates

All regular, full-time employees of Cornell in non-exempt, exempt, or academic non-professorial staff categories (i.e., excluding all members of the University Faculty permitted to vote for a faculty-elected Trustee pursuant to the first paragraph of Article XIII, Section 1 of the Cornell By-laws) who are employed at the Ithaca, Geneva, or Cornell Tech NYC campuses, are eligible to run in this election. The elected candidate will serve as a full-voting member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees for a four-year term, from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2024.

Candidates must confirm with their supervisors that their employment at Cornell extends through the end of the proposed four-year term, either because (a) they are “at-will” employees or (b) their contract has an end-date beyond such term. Candidates must also confirm with their supervisors that, should they be elected, their work obligations will be sufficiently flexible to allow them to fulfill their Trustee obligations.

Please review the categories of employees who are not eligible to be candidates in the CCCET Procedures (§III.5.c, page 2). If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the Office of the Assemblies via email:

Each person who wishes to be a candidate in this election must complete the following requirements by 12:00pm (noon) on Friday, February 21, 2020:

  1. Read the CCCET Procedures.
  2. Attend the information session: January 29th, 2020 from 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00pm in 316 Day Hall (Board Room).
  3. Complete the Online Registration Form. Be prepared to provide:
    • a candidate statement (1500 character-limit);
    • describe relevant experiences, community involvement and special interests; 
    • a photo of yourself;
    • campaign promotional materials (8.5 x 11" pdf).
    • View detailed information about the registration form requirements here.
  4. Gather 100 valid, distinct signatures using the Candidate Petition Form. We recommend you collect at least 150. Any employee of Cornell University may sign your petition form (even if they are not eligible to run).  There is no limit to the number of signatures you may submit.
    • Submit your petition forms in person to the Office of the Assemblies (109 Day Hall) by the registration deadline of Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 12:00pm.

After completing the registration requirements, candidates must also do the following as part of the election process:

  1. Attend the mandatory meeting with the University Counsel on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 11:00am to 12:00pm (noon) in 305 Day Hall.
  2. Attend the mandatory campaigning meeting on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in 316 Day Hall (Board Room).
  3. Participate in the Trustee Candidate Debate/Forum on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 during the Employee Assembly meeting, at 12:15-1:30 in 700 Clark Hall.
  4. Submit the Candidate Expense Report to the Office of the Assemblies by Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by 12:00pm (noon), even if you have no expenses.
  5. Should there be cause to challenge a candidate, please complete the Challenge Form and submit it to the Office of the Assemblies in 109 Day Hall by Wednesday, March 25, 2020, by 5:00pm. 

PLEASE NOTE: The elected candidate must be able to attend the New Trustee Orientation meetings on September 9, 2020, in New York City.

View the full Employee-Elected Trustee 2020 Election Calendar.