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.

  • Shailagh Murray was appointed Executive Vice President for Public Affairs in September 2018. She oversees the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and the Office of Government and Community Affairs. She spent nearly six years shaping communications strategy inside the Obama White House, most recently serving as Senior Advisor to President Obama from 2015 to 2017. Previously, she was Vice President Biden’s deputy chief of staff and communications director. Prior to that, she worked as a journalist for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. She has a BA in humanities from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University.

  • Professor Safwan M. Masri is Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University, and a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

    In his role as EVP, Masri directs a number of Columbia’s global initiatives and is responsible for the development of an expanding network of Global Centers, located in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, and Tunis. These centers work to advance Columbia’s global mission and extend the University’s reach to address the pressing demands of our global society.

    Masri joined Columbia University in 1988 as a member of the faculty of Columbia Business School. He was appointed Vice Dean in 1993, a position he held for thirteen years. He previously taught engineering at Stanford University, and was a visiting professor at INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires) in France.

    A scholar on education and contemporary geopolitics and society in the Arab world, Masri’s work focuses on understanding the historic, postcolonial dynamics among religion, education, society, and politics. He is the author of Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly (Columbia University Press, 2017), which examines why Tunisia was the only country to emerge from the Arab Spring as a democracy. The book has received positive coverage in a number of media outlets, including the Financial Times and Le Monde. Masri’s writings on education and current affairs have been featured in the Financial Times, Huffington Post, The Hill, and Times Higher Education.

    Masri is an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and a member of the International Advisory Council of the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES). He was founding chairman of both King’s Academy and Queen Rania Teacher Academy in Jordan, and served as an advisor to Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. He is a trustee of International College in Beirut and of the Welfare Association (Taawon) in Ramallah, and a member of the advisory board of the School of Business at the American University in Cairo. Masri serves on the governing boards of Endeavor Jordan and the Children’s Museum Jordan, and was a director of Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA) and Aramex.

    Masri earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1982; his Master of Science in industrial engineering, also from Purdue in 1984; and his Ph.D. in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University in 1988. He was honored with the Singhvi Professor of the Year for Scholarship in the Classroom Award in 1990, the Robert W. Lear Service Award in 1998, and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in a Core Course in 2000. Masri has also been honored with the 2003 American Service Award from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ira Katznelson is Columbia University’s Interim Provost, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, and Deputy Director, Columbia World Projects, Departments of Political Science and History.

    His 2013 Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time was awarded the Bancroft Prize in History and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award in Political Science. Other books include Southern Nation: Congress and White Supremacy After Reconstruction (2018; coauthored with David Bateman and John Lapinski), and Liberal Beginnings: A Republic for the Moderns (2008; co-authored with Andreas Kalyvas). Professor Katznelson, a fellow British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. and the American Philosophical Society, is a former president both of the American Political Science Association and the Social Science Research Council. He earned his BA at Columbia College and his PhD in History at the University of Cambridge, where he served in 2017- 18 as Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions. Prior to his arrival at Columbia in 1994, where he also had been an assistant and associate professor, he had taught at the University of Chicago, where he served as chair of the Department of Political Science, and the New School for Social Research, where he was Dean of the Graduate Faculty.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Anil K. Rustgi, MD is the Interim Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia University and the Director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Rustgi is a world-renowned physician-scientist and leader in the field of gastrointestinal cancers, spanning molecular pathogenesis to preclinical models to clinical studies. He is funded extensively through the NIH and maintains a clinical practice as well. He has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been designated as American Cancer Society Professor. Dr. Rustgi is former President of the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA), Editor-in-Chief of Gastroenterology and recipient of the AGA Friedenwald Medal for lifetime achievement.  He has been recognized for his teaching and mentorship activities through multiple awards.  

  • Amy Hungerford is the Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She is also Professor of English and Comparative Literature. 

  • 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.