Senior Administration

Senior Administration

  • Suzanne B. Goldberg, the Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law, was appointed to the new position of executive vice president for University Life in January 2015. Goldberg is also director of Columbia Law School's Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. Professor Goldberg is a nationally recognized expert on gender and sexuality law and a leading advocate for the rights of LGBT individuals. Goldberg completed her J.D. at Harvard Law School after receiving a B.A. from Brown University.

  • Susan Glancy joined the Office of the President as Chief of Staff in 2006, and she is responsible for providing administrative and strategic support to President Bollinger and his senior staff for University initiatives as well as day-to-day operations.  Previously, she was Executive Director for Special Projects for Columbia University Human Resources and Director of Human Resources for Columbia Business School.  Prior to Columbia, Susan worked for The Walt Disney Company in New York City.  Susan graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Theatre and received a Master’s in Social and Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

  • Professor Masri is responsible for the development of an expanding network of Columbia Global Centers. As an ambassador for Columbia, he cultivates relationships with Columbia alumni and with international leaders, essential to the continued development of a global Columbia. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford, and joined the faculty of  Columbia Business School in 1988, where he also served as vice dean. Masri holds a senior research scholar appointment at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). His scholarly interests are focused on the societal and political implications of educational policies in the Arab world. He was founding chairman of King’s Academy and of Queen Rania Teacher Academy.

  • Peter E. Pilling was appointed director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education in February 2015. Prior to joining Columbia Athletics, Pilling served as senior associate athletic director at several of the most respected college sports programs in the country, including Villanova and Brigham Young universities. As a vice president at IMG College, the nation’s largest collegiate sports management company, Pilling has extensive experience serving athletics departments of Division I schools including Texas Christian University, Baylor University and the U.S. Air Force Academy.




  • In addition to his role as vice President, Orin Herskowitz serves as Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures, which manages more than 350 invention disclosures emerging from Columbia’s research labs each year, leading to over 100 license deals and over 20 new start-ups annually. Mr. Herskowitz has served on boards or as the Principle Investigator for several innovation and entrepreneurship-focused initiatives, including the NYC Media Lab, PowerBridgeNY, and the Columbia Coulter Translational Partnership. Prior to joining Columbia, he spent seven years with the Boston Consulting Group's New York office.

  • The Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center comprise four schools: the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of which Dr. Goldman serves as dean; the Mailman School of Public Health; the College of Dental Medicine; and the School of Nursing. The more than 2,000 full-time faculty of the schools teach some 3,300 students and receive about $630 million each year in research funding from government and foundations.

  • 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.

    About the President

  • John H. Coatsworth is the provost of Columbia University, as well as a professor of international and public affairs and of history.

    Provost Coatsworth is a leading scholar of Latin American economic and international history. Previously, he was dean of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Prior to his appointment as dean in 2008, he served as a visiting professor at Columbia University (2006–2007) and interim dean of SIPA (2007–2008). 

    Before joining Columbia, Coatsworth served as the Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs at Harvard University (1992–2007). He was the founding director of Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the chair of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies. Prior to his work at Harvard, Coatsworth was a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago (1969–1992). Other academic posts have included visiting professorships at El Colegio de México, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the National University of Buenos Aires, the Instituto Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, and the Instituto Ortega y Gassett in Madrid.

    Coatsworth is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Directors of the Tinker Foundation, and numerous professional associations. He is the former president of the American Historical Association and Latin American Studies Association. Coatsworth has served on the editorial boards of scholarly journals including the American Historical Review, the Journal of Economic History, the Hispanic American Historical Review, and other social science journals published in Britain, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Peru, and Spain.

    In 1986, Coatsworth was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He has served as Senior Fulbright Lecturer three times, with appointments in Argentina and Mexico, and has received numerous research and institutional grants from public agencies and private foundations. He has acted as a consultant for program design or review to numerous U.S. universities and foundations.

    Coatsworth received his BA in history from Wesleyan University, and his MA and PhD in economic history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Joan C. Waters is the University’s ombuds officer, responsible for offering independent, impartial, and confidential services for the entire Columbia community of students, faculty, and staff on all campuses. Appointed in 2014, Ms. Waters and her staff provide a place for individuals across the University to discuss workplace complaints and other campus problems. Ms. Waters brings to Columbia her extensive professional experience as an Associate General Counsel at The City University of New York, a two-term elected justice in the New York State court system, an attorney in private practice, and a trained mediator and collaborative law practitioner.

  • Jerome Davis, secretary of the University, serves as the liason between the senior administration and the Trustees. He prepares the agenda for the Trustees' meetings and maintains the University Statutes. In addition, he oversees the process for selecting honorary degree recipients and the winners of the University Medal of Excellence. The secretary also undertakes special projects on behalf of the president and the Trustees.

  • Joining the Office of the General Counsel in 2002, Jane E. Booth represents the University in regulatory matters. Her expertise extends to research integrity, health care compliance, HIPAA, False Claims Act, and environmental and safety issues. Before coming to Columbia, Ms. Booth was chief of the civil division of the United States Attorneys' Office, and served as a member of Attorney General Janet Reno's health care advisory council (1994-2002). Ms. Booth has also extensive appellate and civil and criminal litigation experience; she headed the civil appellate unit of Legal Aid (1989-1994) and the appeals unit for the United States Attorneys Office (1983-1987), and litigated complex securities and financial matters for Shearson Lehman (1987-1989). Ms. Booth began her career as a law clerk to Judge Leonard Sand in the Southern District of New York.

    Ms. Booth received her law degree from Columbia in 1976. Prior to attending law school, she also received a B.A. in history from Fordham (1967) and an M.A. in history from the University of Toronto (1968). She is admitted to practice law in New York State.

    Practice Areas:

    Finance, Investments, and Banking (internal audit)

    Health Sciences (General & Corporate) (compliance & IRB)


    Research Compliance

  • Gerald Rosberg is senior executive vice president of the University. He works with the president and the University’s senior leadership on long-term planning and human resource and other strategic issues, with a particular focus on coordination across departments. He served for 20 years as a senior executive of the Washington Post Company (now Graham Holdings). Before that he was a lawyer in private practice and a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Michael Purdy, executive vice president for research, has overall responsibility for the University's research enterprise. He was appointed to this position in February 2011 after serving for 10 years as the director of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the leading research unit of Columbia's Earth Institute. Prior to joining Columbia, he was director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation, and prior to that, chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

  • David M. Stone was appointed executive vice president for communications in March 2006. His experience spans a wide range of professional realms. Over the past two decades, he has served in state and federal government, and worked as a lawyer, public affairs television producer, writer and strategic communications consultant for a variety of media, education, government and mission-driven organizations.

  • David Greenberg is the executive vice president for University Facilities and Operations, responsible for new building design and construction, public safety, campus services for students, building and grounds maintenance, oversight of Manhattanville construction and the University's residential portfolio. Prior to joining Facilities and Operations, Greenberg served as the first executive director of Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, where he continues to provide strategic and operational oversight. Greenberg has worked at the University since 2006 and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester; a master's of public administration from Syracuse University; and a master's of Construction Administration from Columbia.

  • David Madigan is a professor of statistics at Columbia University and former chair of the Department of Statistics. He also serves as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Before coming to Columbia in 2007, Professor Madigan was dean of physical and mathematical sciences at Rutgers University. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Amelia Alverson is executive vice president for University Development and Alumni Relations, leading Columbia's fundraising efforts and outreach to alumni worldwide. Prior to 2014, she served as senior vice president for development at Columbia University Medical Center. Before joining Columbia in 2009, Alverson was vice president for development at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She has more than 25 years of development experience in academic medicine, including leadership roles at Stanford Medical Center, the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois.


The Trustees of Columbia University

Overall governance of the University lies in the hands of its 24-member Board of Trustees. The Trustees select the President, oversee all faculty and senior administrative appointments, monitor the budget, supervise the endowment, and protect University property.