President Minouche Shafik

Minouche Shafik became the 20th president of Columbia University on July 1, 2023. President Shafik is a distinguished economist who for more than three decades has served in senior leadership roles across a range of prominent international and academic institutions.

Her selection as Columbia's president concluded a wide-ranging and intensive search. In a letter to the community, Jonathan Lavine, then chair of the Columbia Board of Trustees, called Shafik “the perfect candidate: a brilliant and able global leader, a community builder, and a preeminent economist who understands the academy and the world beyond it.” About President Minouche Shafik. 


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Statement from Columbia University President Minouche Shafik

April 18, 2024

This morning, I had to make a decision that I hoped would never be necessary. I have always said that the safety of our community was my top priority and that we needed to preserve an environment where everyone could learn in a supportive context. 

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Columbia University President: What I Plan to Tell Congress Tomorrow

April 16, 2024

Antisemitism and calls for genocide have no place at a university. My priority has been the safety and security of our community, but that leaves plenty of room for robust disagreement and debate.

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Statement from Columbia University President Minouche Shafik

April 5, 2024

On March 24, an event took place at a campus residential facility that the University had already barred, twice, from occurring. 

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Statement from Columbia University President Minouche Shafik

March 18, 2024

We will not tolerate unauthorized disruptions or harassing behavior at admitted student events.

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President Shafik Welcomes the First Set of Recommendations From the Task Force on Antisemitism

March 4, 2024

President Shafik welcomes this first in a series of reports that will come from the task force. 

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