"We must heed the call to continue to be radical and progressive. In that regard, we must understand the motto given to us by Ezra Cornell—'I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study'—in a way that is compatible with the unwavering pursuit of excellence in a world infinitely more complex than he could have imagined. "

Elizabeth Garrett, 13th President of Cornell University

Full text of President Garrett's inauguration speech