Spencer, James W.

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James W. Spencer is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. He worked on farm-to-market roads in New York State. Then he progressed through administrative assignments in Cornell Cooperative Extension, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and at the university level as Vice Provost with a focus on financial matters. After retirement he guided a national philanthropic program in U.S. higher education for the Atlantic Philanthropies.

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    A Conversation with James W. Spencer
    Spencer, James W.; Cooke, J. Robert (Interviewer) (Internet-First University Press, 2012-11-17)
    The legacy of Professor Emeritus James W. Spencer is traced from his days as a Cornell undergraduate in civil engineering. In 1951 Jim began his work as a faculty member in agricultural engineering at Cornell on farm-to-market roads in New York State. Then he progressed through administrative assignments in Cornell Cooperative Extension, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and at the university level as Vice Provost with a focus on financial matters. After retirement he guided a national philanthropic program in U.S. higher education for the Atlantic Philanthropies. Jim Spencer's career was distinguished by his quiet and responsible attention to academic management with consistent follow-through and a talent for working across the traditional academic boundaries. His sustained collaboration with (Dean and then Provost) W. Keith Kennedy is legendary. Spencer's reflections were recorded twenty-five years after his 'retirement' at Cornell.