As executive director, Tully R. Cornick leads Higher Education for Development (HED) in their continuing aim to help build and strengthen partnerships between universities in the United States and abroad to further development in areas such as workforce development, public health and public policy.
Cornick brings to HED a body of public service that has included foreign assistance and policy coordination in the sectors of agricultural and rural development, trade and investment, peace and national reconstruction and overall U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrative tasks. Most of this work has been focused in Latin American and the Caribbean, particularly in El Salvador and Guatemala.
As a former USAID senior official, Cornick has experience collaborating with a range of stakeholders, including donors, host government officials, agency senior officials, and legislators, to help shape and guide the financial and programmatic management of the Mission's work. He has more than 20 years of experience in leading large, multi-departmental staffs at several USAID offices, providing them with the direction and inspiration required to conduct both adaptive and sensitive operational tasks. His interest in and knowledge of international development is also presented in his published papers.
Cornick holds a Ph.D. in development sociology from Cornell University, a master’s degree in rural sociology and agricultural economics from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in social psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.