Student Directors

Two undergraduate students and one graduate student serve two-year terms as members of the 32-person Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. The Student Directors provide leadership, offer insight, and represent the CALS student body on the Board of Directors and the Student Leadership Committee, one of the Board’s seven standing committees. Student Directors have full voting rights on all issues that come before the Board.

The primary responsibility of the Student Directors is to develop programs that promote the Association and alumni involvement to undergraduate and grad students. In the past, these programs have included study breaks, alumni speaking events, and career panels.

As representatives of the CALS Student Body, the Student Directors participate in alumni events both on-campus and in local areas, including activities such as Outstanding Alumni Awards, Reunion Breakfast, CALS Conference, Alumni Forums, and other alumni gatherings. As members of the Board of Directors, the Student Directors are charged with increasing student awareness of the CALS Alumni Association and the benefits of membership.

The Student Directors are vitally important links between alumni and the College.


Students applying to be a Student Director should be sophomore students who enjoy working with people and are in good academic standing in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. They have an interest in a position with responsibility and moderate time commitment. Previous leadership responsibilities and/or alumni activities are helpful but not required. Strong communication and organizational skills are necessary.

The Graduate Student Director is appointed by the dean and department chairs.

More information can be obtained from Scott Pesner, Alumni Affairs & Development Office, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 274 Roberts Hall, email:

Student Direction Application Form

Students interested in serving as Student Directors should complete the Student Director Application Form (pdf) and either fax the form to (607) 254-4690, or drop it off at 274 Roberts Hall, CALS Alumni Affairs & Development Office.