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CALS Alumnus Gene Resnick Elected Cornell Trustee

By Bryce T. Hoffman

Gene D. Resnick
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Gene D. Resnick

Gene D. Resnick ’70, MD ’74, began a four-year term this past July as an alumni-elected member of the Cornell Board of Trustees. He is already hard at work with committee responsibilities and the other duties of the job, which include reaching out to alumni, attending events, and participating in university governance.

“It’s daunting,” Resnick says. “All of us who have been elected have been involved over the years. You think you know a lot of things that go on, but there’s surely a lot more to learn.”

Resnick is chief medical officer for Averion International Corp., a leading clinical contract research organization that supports global clinical trials for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Earlier in his career, he spent a decade as an assistant attending physician at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.

Resnick says he hopes to lend his perspective as a double-red alumnus, particularly when it comes to efforts to enhance collaboration between the Ithaca campus and Weill Cornell Medical College. Otherwise, he intends to spend at least a year gaining broad experience across the university board committees, getting to know the other trustees, and doing what he can to ensure the quality of the student experience.

“If we continue to make the student experience special, then I think the university will be successful,” he says. “Each of us that has been through Cornell has a few things that we’ll always remember. For me, you can drill down to Lynah Rink, professors Louise Daniel and George Murphy, or playing rugby for the medical college team. The student experience really drives the tremendous enthusiasm that people who are away from the university for 40 years continue to have.”

Adds Resnick: “There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways for alumni to engage. Those kinds of interactions make the university stronger in ways you can measure way beyond dollars and cents.”

The other new alumni-elected trustee is Sheryl Hilliard Tucker A&S ’78.

Tucker is a media consultant for TimeWarner and the former executive editor of Time Inc. (the parent company of Time, Fortune, Money, Sports Illustrated and Essence).