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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. 

A Message From President Shafik

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Congratulations to the Columbia class of 2024

May 15, 2024

I offer you my heartfelt congratulations to you and to your friends and family who are rightly proud of you. Good luck.

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Minouche Shafik: Universities must engage in serious soul searching on protests

May 9, 2024

Rather than tearing ourselves apart, universities must rebuild the bonds within ourselves and between society and the academy based on our shared values and on what we do best: education, research, service and public engagement.

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A Message from President Minouche Shafik

May 1, 2024

Early Tuesday morning, tensions on our campus rose to new heights when a small group of protestors broke into Hamilton Hall, barricaded themselves inside, and occupied it throughout the day. 

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Statement from Columbia University President Minouche Shafik

April 29, 2024

A small group of academic leaders has been in constructive dialogue with student organizers to find a path that would result in the dismantling of the encampment and adherence to University policies going forward... Regretfully, we were not able to come to an agreement.

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Statement from David Greenwald, Claire Shipman, Minouche Shafik, and Angela Olinto

April 26, 2024

Throughout this very challenging year, we have adhered to a simple goal: to continue our academic mission while keeping campus safe and enforcing our rules fairly.

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Morningside Campus Update

April 23, 2024

Nearly four days ago, the West Lawn of the Morningside campus was turned into an encampment by hundreds of student activists.

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