Senior Administration

Senior Administration

  • Executive Vice President, Columbia Global; Director, ICAP at Columbia University; Director, Columbia World Projects; University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine; Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair of Global Health

    Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA is Executive Vice President of Columbia Global, the Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair of Global Health at Columbia University, Founder and Director of global health center ICAP at Columbia University, and University Professor in Epidemiology and Medicine. Her vision for Columbia Global is to establish a unifying and strategic platform to promote and facilitate impactful engagement of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world to enhance understanding, address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange. Under her strategic leadership, Columbia Global aligns some of the University’s key global initiatives, including Columbia World Projects, the Columbia Global Centers, and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination.

    An expert in global health and infectious diseases with longstanding experience in supporting diverse major health challenges around the world, Dr. El-Sadr has focused her career on advancing public health knowledge and putting that knowledge into action, establishing collaborative partnerships to strengthen health systems, and engaging with communities to meet health threats and improve health outcomes, especially among vulnerable populations around the world. She has led large-scale, innovative projects that have had decisive impacts on such pressing global health challenges as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, antimicrobial resistance, non-communicable diseases including cancer, and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dr. El-Sadr received her medical degree at Cairo University, a master’s in public health from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She is a MacArthur fellow as well as a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Council for Foreign Relations, the African Academy of Sciences, and the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health. She is principal investigator for numerous ICAP-led initiatives, including the NIH-funded HIV Prevention Trials Network and the New York City Pandemic Response Institute. She is also the director of Columbia World Projects and director of the Mailman School’s Global Health Initiative.

  • 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 Shafik and her 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. Glancy 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.

  • Peter E. Pilling is William Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education. 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 Principal 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.

  • Nemat “Minouche” Shafik became the 20th president of Columbia University on July 1, 2023. She 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.

    About Minouche Shafik.

  • Dr. Melanie Bernitz is the Senior Vice President for Columbia Health. In this role, she is responsible for the oversight and provision of health and wellbeing services to students on the Morningside campus. Dr. Bernitz joined Columbia Health in 2016. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Student Health Service at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

    Prior to that position, Dr. Bernitz was a resident, chief resident, and faculty member in Columbia’s Center for Family and Community Medicine. Growing up in the United Kingdom, she received both her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a degree in medicine at University College London. She then received her master’s degree in public health at Columbia University. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Center of Family and Community Medicine.

  • Kim Y. Lew is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Columbia Investment Management Company, responsible for managing the University’s endowment. She came to Columbia from Carnegie Corporation of New York, where she worked for more than a decade, most recently as Vice President and Chief Investment Officer.

    Lew began her career at Chemical Bank as a credit analyst, after receiving her BS in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to graduate with an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1992, after which she joined Prudential Capital Group and then the Ford Foundation, where she spent more than a decade, first as a portfolio strategist investing in the technology sector and then as a senior manager responsible for the organization’s private equity investments.

  • Chief Executive Officer, Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Columbia University; Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

    Katrina Armstrong, MD, leads Columbia University’s medical campus as the Chief Executive Officer of CUIMC, which includes the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S), the School of Nursing, the College of Dental Medicine, and the Mailman School of Public Health. She also is Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences for Columbia University and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. As VP&S dean, Dr. Armstrong leads the nation’s second oldest medical school and the first to award an MD degree. She is an internationally recognized investigator in medical decision making, quality of care, and cancer prevention and outcomes, an award-winning teacher, and a practicing primary care physician.

    She has served on multiple advisory panels for academic and federal organizations and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Before joining Columbia, Dr. Armstrong was the Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Before joining Harvard, she was Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Director of the Abramson Cancer Center, and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Yale University (BA degree in architecture), Johns Hopkins (MD degree), and the University of Pennsylvania (MS degree in clinical epidemiology). She completed her residency training in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins.

  • 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.

  • Jeannette M. Wing is the Executive Vice President for Research at Columbia University.  In this role, she has overall responsibility for the University’s research enterprise at all locations, including the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Nevis Laboratories, and internationally.  She joined Columbia in 2017 as the Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science.

    Prior to Columbia, Dr. Wing was Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, served on the faculty and as department head in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, and served as Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. She received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in computer science, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Learn more about Jeannette Wing. 

  • 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.

  • Dennis A. Mitchell is Executive Vice President for University Life and Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement at Columbia University, roles he has held since 2021, and Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Mitchell, who joined the Columbia faculty in 1991, has led student and faculty diversity efforts at the College of Dental Medicine since 2004 and faculty diversity efforts in the Office of the Provost since 2014. He has also played a lead role spearheading university-wide anti-racism efforts.

    Learn more about Dennis Mitchell. 

  • 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.

  • Angela V. Olinto is Professor of Astronomy and of Physics and Provost of the University.

    As Provost, Olinto is Columbia’s chief academic officer, and works to advance the academic distinction, intellectual richness, creativity, and integrity of the many facets of Columbia University. She supports President Shafik in the development and implementation of the University’s strategic academic priorities, and leads the deans and faculty in their pursuit of research and teaching excellence.

    Olinto directs the development and implementation of Columbia's academic plans and policies, and supervises the work of its schools, departments, institutes, and research centers, with the support of a dedicated team of Vice Provosts and staff of the Office of the Provost. She manages faculty appointments and the tenure review process, supports faculty recruitment and retention as the University collectively aspires to diversify talent and expand excellence, seeds new education initiatives, and heads efforts to lower barriers to cross-disciplinary initiatives that expand the individual and collective impact of our faculty and students. In addition to the Office of the Provost, she oversees a number of centers and institutes, offices, and other academic resources, including the Data Science Institute, University Libraries, the Italian Academy, and the Columbia University Press.

    Learn more about Angela Olinto

  • 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 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.