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Faculty Renewal Gifts: Shaping the Future of CALS

Because of the unprecedented number of impending faculty retirements across the university, faculty renewal gifts are defining the future of Cornell. Five new CALS faculty fellowships reflect the donors’ commitment to education in bird conservation, farm business management, environmental engineering, accounting, and dairy herd management.

Robert F. Schumann Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship

The late Robert Ford Schumann, a lifelong birder, established a faculty fellowship which embodies his pas­sion for environmental conservation and birds. Schumann was a member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s administrative board for 12 years, where he was instrumental in providing leadership support for flagship collaborative programs in bird research and conservation. The fellowship has enabled the Lab to hire Amanda Rodewald, who will begin her joint appointment as director of the Lab’s conservation science program and as professor in the Department of Natural Resources in January.

Mueller Family Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship in Farm Business Management

The gift from George Mueller ’54, owner with wife Mary Lue of Willow Bend Farm in Clifton Springs, N.Y., is a personal effort to ensure that future students will be shaped by inspirational teachers—as he was— as they tackle major challenges in sustainable food production. Their gift will support the hiring of a faculty member in Farm Business Management.

St. John Family Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship in Dairy Cattle Management

Ron St. John ’68 built his father’s Oakfield, N.Y., dairy farm into one of the state’s largest before moving to Florida in 1986. He now owns about 17,000 milk cows, while farming 11,820 acres on five farms in Florida and Georgia. The gift from Ron and Marcia St. John is providing essential support for recently recruited assistant professor and dairy cattle management expert Julio Giordano in the Department of Animal Science.

Norman R. Scott Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship

Martin Y. Tang ’70 established a faculty fellowship in honor of Professor Emeritus Nor­man Scott in the Department of Biological and Environmen­tal Engineering (BEE). Tang, who retired as Chairman, Asia, of Spencer Stuart & Associates in 2008, made the gift to recognize Professor Scott’s long-standing friendship with and leadership of the Tang Cornell-China Scholars Program. The fellowship enabled BEE to hire assistant professor C. Lindsay Anderson to establish a program in sustainable energy systems engineering.

Peter B. Orthwein Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship in Accounting

Peter Orthwein ’68, MBA ’69, established a joint faculty fellowship in Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and the un­dergraduate business program at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Orthwein is president and CEO of Thor Industries, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses and ambulances, and his gift reflects a personal commitment to the continued recruitment of top research and teaching faculty.