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Elizabeth Garrett Leaving USC

USC's first female provost will join Cornell University as the first female president. 

Elizabeth Garrett, USC's provost and vice president of academic affairs, will be leaving USC to assume the position of president at Cornell University, according to both universities.

The announcement was made today on USC and Cornell's website, respectively.

USC's first female provost, Garrett will become Cornell's first female president. 

"While this is a tremendous loss for USC," said President Max L. Nikias. "I am extremely thrilled for Beth."

While at USC, Garrett helped improve the university's faculty recruitment, expand the professional master's degrees and diversify the undergraduate and graduate student bodies.

Cornell's website was updated to include news of Garrett's appointment:

In her statement on the website, Garrett said:

"There is much to say about Cornell and what led me to accept this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Cornell is committed to academic excellence, as exhibited each day by remarkable and talented faculty, students and staff. In every school and department, they conduct breakthrough research and creative work that lead to innovation, improve lives throughout the world and contribute to the search for truth."

Garrett will assume the position on July 1, 2014. 

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