Henrik Dullea


Henrik Dullea

Vice President Emeritus
Cornell University


Henrik Dullea retired from Cornell University in 2005 as Senior Consultant to the President and was elected Vice President for University Relations Emeritus by the Board of Trustees in May, 2006.  From 1991 until 2003, he served as Vice President for University Relations under two presidents, Frank H. T. Rhodes and Hunter R. Rawlings III.  In that capacity he was the principal media spokesperson and governmental affairs representative of the university.  He played a key role in securing operating and capital funding for Cornell from the State of New York and was instrumental in the state’s decision to make major new investments in academic research institutions

Dr. Dullea is a native of Staten Island, New York.  He received his B.A. degree in government from Cornell in 1961 and his Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, in 1982.

Dr. Dullea has served in a wide variety of governmental and higher education positions in New York State.  Most recently, he served from 1983 to 1991 as Director of State Operations and Policy Management for Governor Mario M. Cuomo, responsible for directing the day-to-day activities of New York State’s more than 65 departments and agencies.  Other state government positions held by Dr. Dullea have included service as Assistant Secretary to the Governor for Education and the Arts in the administration of Governor Hugh L. Carey and as a legislative budget analyst for the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee.

Higher education positions held by Dr. Dullea have included those of Associate Vice Chancellor for Employee Relations and Personnel for the State University of New York system, Senior Fellow of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Acting President of the State University College at Purchase, Deputy to the Chancellor for Governmental Relations, Acting Associate Chancellor for the Community Colleges, and Executive Assistant to the President and Lecturer, Doctoral Program in the Policy Sciences at the State University at Buffalo.

Dr. Dullea is a recipient of a number of major awards, including the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award of the New York State Academy for Public Administration, the Distinguished Service Medal of the State University of New York at Albany, and the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Cazenovia College.  He is the author of Charter Revision in the Empire State:  The Politics of New York’s 1967 Constitutional Convention and co-editor of Decision 1997:Constitutional Change in New York.

Among his current civic activities, he has served as president of the board of trustees of the Tompkins County Public Library, as chair of the board of directors of Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc., as chair of the Tompkins County Independent Redistricting Commission, and as a member of the City of Ithaca Redistricting Committee, the board of directors of Kendal at Ithaca, Inc., the advisory council of Tompkins Community Action, the county’s anti-poverty agency, and the Tompkins County Democratic Committee.

He is married to the former Sally Gilligan of Olean, New York.


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