Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger in a blue suit on the room of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center

Lee C. Bollinger became Columbia University’s nineteenth president in 2002. Under his leadership, Columbia stands again at the very top rank of great research universities, distinguished by comprehensive academic excellence, historic institutional development, an innovative and sustainable approach to global engagement, and unprecedented levels of alumni involvement and financial stability.

President Bollinger is Columbia’s first Seth Low Professor of the University, a member of the Columbia Law School faculty, and one of the nation's foremost First Amendment scholars. About the President

President Bollinger is a distinguished First Amendment scholar. His most recent book is The Free Speech Century.

"The period of the unfolding of this new campus in Manhattanville should be a time in which we demonstrate that courage and confidence in ourselves to re-evaluate what we take to be important and the roles we should assume in the world." President Bollinger on Manhattanville | Columbia's new Manhattanville Campus

President Bollinger speaks and writes frequently about the value of racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity in education. 

President Bollinger co-chairs the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Voting.

General Inquiries

Phone: (212) 854-9970
Fax: (212) 854-9973

Speaking Requests

Requests for speaking engagements must be submitted in writing to officeofthepresident@columbia.edu

Media Inquiries 

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