Statement on the death of Nelson Mandela

Cornell University joins the world in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and an icon to all who value the freedom and dignity of all human beings. Mr. Mandela leaves the world a much better place than he found it. His legacy is one of committed leadership in the most difficult of circumstances, unwavering and courageous opposition to injustice, and determination to forge progress and reconciliation out of the harsh conflicts of the past.

On behalf of the entire university community, I extend our sincere condolences to Mr. Mandela's family and to the people of South Africa, whose loss is most profound.

David J. Skorton,