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Four candidates for alumni-elected trustees

Lift the chorus: Cast your vote -- alumni-elected trustee elections begin Feb. 1

Elections for alumni-elected trustees begin Feb. 1 and end April 1.

All alumni will receive an e-mail or paper ballot on or about Feb. 1. The process is very straightforward this year, and it's estimated that the voting process itself will take about three minutes.

The Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations (CATN) has endorsed and nominated four candidates to run for two available seats as alumni trustees. This year's candidates are:

Gregory Galvin, M.S. '82, Ph.D. '84, MBA '93 (Ithaca, N.Y.)

Galvin is president and chief executive officer of Kionix, which he founded in 1993 to commercialize a novel micromechanical technology pioneered by researchers at Cornell. Galvin is also chairman of the board of Rheonix Inc., which originated at Kionix in 2008 to develop technology in the molecular diagnostic industry.

Rana Glasgal '87, M.Eng. '92 (Palo Alto, Calif.)

Glasgal is associate vice provost for institutional research and decision support at Stanford University. Her job has three major components: performing institutional research, learning assessment and program evaluation, and decision support services.

Mitchell Lee '90, J.D. '96 (Montclair, N.J.)

Lee is a senior product manager in Goldman Sachs Investment Management, Alternative Investments and Manager Selection, Private Equity Group (PEG), with a focus on fundraising and investor relations activities across PEG. PEG invests in private equity funds, co-invests in direct investments, as well as provides liquidity and capital solutions to limited and general partners.

Eva Sage-Gavin '80 (San Francisco, Calif.)

Sage-Gavin is executive vice president for Gap Inc. Global Human Resources and Corporate Affairs. In her role as chief people officer, Sage-Gavin sets the strategy for the company's communications and human resources operations worldwide. Her responsibilities also include government affairs, social responsibility, and internal and external communications.

By voting, alumni help to select the members of the Cornell University Board of Trustees, which is vested with "supreme control" over the university, including all of its colleges and other units. Trustees have a fiduciary responsibility to the university as a whole. Among other responsibilities, the board elects the president, adopts an annual plan of financial operation and establishes degrees to be awarded.

The board consists of 64 voting members. In addition to board-elected trustees, Cornell students, employees, faculty and alumni elect individuals to serve on the board with full voting privileges. Four ex-officio members -- the president of the university, the governor of New York, the speaker of the State Assembly and the president of the State Senate -- also have voting privileges.

For more information about the voting process this year and the candidates, visit

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