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. 


Minouche Shafik standing in front of a podium, speaking.
Photo: Nir Arieli.
Remarks to Open “The War in Gaza: Constructive Campus Conversations”

"Events like today are an important step in modeling the kind of intellectual debate and humane behavior that we aspire to."

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Announcing Doxing Resource Group

Columbia and Barnard are establishing a Doxing Resource Group composed of key offices across both campuses that are focused on the issue.

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Announcing Task Force on Antisemitism

The presidents of Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College announced a Task Force on Antisemitism. 

An aerial view of Columbia's Morningside Heights campus.
Standing in Solidarity

Antisemitism, like any form of bigotry, is an assault on everything we stand for at Columbia. Palestinian, Muslim, or Arab students have also been subjected to harassment and targeted by doxing, a dangerous form of intimidation. We take these incidents seriously and they are being investigated.

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Upholding Our Values

Our focus must be de-escalating tensions, modeling respectful behavior, and finding common ground in our shared humanity.

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Message of Concern for Our Community

An update from President Minouche Shafik on the attack on Israel this weekend.

From President Shafik

We celebrate the Inauguration of President Minouche Shafik as Columbia’s 20th president! We look forward to forging new frontiers together in the years to come.✨

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