To commemorate their 40th reunion, the Class of 1956 initiated an endowment to create the Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 University Professorship in honor of Cornell's ninth president (1977 - 1995).
Rhodes Professors are appointed for a period of three years with the possibility of a renewal for two additional years and are considered full members of the Cornell faculty. The purpose of the professorship is to strengthen the undergraduate experience by bringing to the university individuals from every walk of life who represent excellence of achievement and to create opportunities for interaction with the undergraduate community. During each year of their appointment, Rhodes Class of '56 Professors visit campus and are typically in residence for a week.
The first Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professors were appointed in 2000.
For more information, please visit the Rhodes Professorship website.