The Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs is responsible for a broad range of relationships, programs, and initiatives that further Cornell’s public engagement mission globally, locally, and across New York state, where Cornell serves as the state’s land-grant university.
Katherine McComas has been the Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant affairs since July 2018.
The Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs oversees the following areas and offices:
Institutional Stewardship of the Land-Grant Mission
The Office of the Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs advocates for Cornell’s role as the land-grant university for New York state and monitors and collaborates on responses to the governor’s initiatives in higher education and economic development.
Cornell Relations with SUNY
The Office of the Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs represents the university’s four contract colleges in dealings with the State University of New York (SUNY) and collaboratively responds to a variety of SUNY’s budgetary, academic, and administrative inquiries.
Public Engagement Council
To support Cornell’s strategic goal of “Excellence in Public Engagement,” the Provost established a campus-wide Public Engagement Council comprised of senior staff and tenured faculty. The Council is co-chaired by the Vice Provost of Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs and the Provost’s Fellows for Public Engagement, and is advisory to the Vice Provost and Provost.
Community-Engaged Learning and the Office of Engagement Initiatives
Office of Engagement Initiatives staff lead programs, host workshops, administer grants, manage communications, and connect Cornellians to community partners to broadly advance community-engaged learning.
Cornell Prison Education Program
The mission of the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) is to provide high quality higher education in New York State prisons; to help CPEP students build meaningful lives inside prison as well as prepare for successful re-entry into civic life; and to inform thought and action on social justice issues among past and present CPEP students, volunteers, and the wider public.
Cornell Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
Cornell has been educating military leaders for 150 years, as part of its land-grant mission. ROTC programs at Cornell were established in 1917 and today, the Office of the Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs helps host programs for the Army, Navy/Marines Corps, and Air Force.
Office of the Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs
449 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
Email: Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs