Lee Bollinger Announcements


John Coatsworth to Step Down as Provost

March 14, 2019

I write to share that John Coatsworth will be stepping down as Provost of the University on June 30, 2019.

The Passing of Peter Awn

February 18, 2019

It is with immense sadness that I share with you that Peter Awn, Dean Emeritus of the School of General Studies, passed away yesterday from injuries sustained when he was struck by a car last month.  

72nd Annual Columbia Community Service Campaign

November 7, 2018

We write to ask for your support of our exceptional University charitable campaign, Columbia Community Service (CCS).

Announcement Regarding Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School

September 13, 2018

I am writing to share that Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics, will be stepping down as Dean at the end of this academic year.  

Shailagh Murray Appointed Executive Vice President for Public Affairs

September 5, 2018

I am very pleased to announce my appointment of Shailagh Murray as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, as of September 4, 2018. Shailagh will oversee both the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and the Office of Government and Community Affairs. 

Announcement Regarding David Stone, Executive Vice President for Communications

August 16, 2018

After more than twelve years of wonderful service to the University as Executive Vice President for Communications, David Stone will be stepping down from this role at the end of September.

Mourning the loss of H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest

August 6, 2018

I am very sorry to say that we have lost another great friend of the University in H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who died on Sunday at the age of 88 in his beloved home city of Philadelphia. 

Passing of Florence Irving

July 27, 2018

The passing of Florence Irving on July 25, at the age of 98, is a great loss.  She was a remarkable person of enormous accomplishment and consequence.  This is a moment to reflect on the impact that a committed couple can have on our institutions and the larger world through their sustained philanthropy.

Maya Tolstoy Appointed Interim EVP for Arts and Sciences

July 19, 2018

I write to announce my appointment of Maya Tolstoy, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, as Interim Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences, effective September 1, 2018.

Simon Tavaré Appointed Director of Irving Institute of Cancer Dynamics

July 16, 2018

Professor Simon Tavaré is coming to Columbia from the University of Cambridge to become the founding Director of the newly established Herbert and Florence Irving Institute of Cancer Dynamics.  

Lorraine Frazier Appointed Nursing School Dean

July 10, 2018

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAAN, as the new Dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing, the Mary O'Neil Mundinger, DrPH Professor of Nursing, and Senior Vice President at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. 

David Madigan, Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences, Announces He is Stepping Down

March 9, 2018

I write to share the news that, following a remarkably successful five-year term, David Madigan has informed me of his desire to conclude his service as Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences this August. 

Bobbie Berkowitz, Dean of the Nursing School, to Step Down

January 25, 2018

Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing and Senior Vice President at Columbia University Irving Medical Center since 2010, has advised us of her wish to step down on August 31, 2018.  

Alexander N. Halliday Appointed Director of Columbia’s Earth Institute

December 14, 2017

I am writing to announce the appointment of Alexander N. Halliday, a geochemistry professor at the University of Oxford and Vice President of the U.K.’s Royal Society, as the new Director of the Columbia University Earth Institute. 

College of Physicians and Surgeons Named for Roy and Diana Vagelos

December 5, 2017

We are proud to announce a gift of $250 million from Dr. P. Roy and Diana Vagelos to our College of Physicians and Surgeons.  A major portion of the gift, $150 million, will endow a fund to help Columbia eliminate student loans for medical students who qualify for financial aid—about half of the medical school student body at present.

Announcing the Institute for Ideas and Imagination

November 17, 2017

I am writing to announce a new and important initiative that will reside at Reid Hall, home of our Paris Global Center, and will be called the Institute for Ideas and Imagination.

Irving Family Bequest for Cancer Research and Clinical Care

November 16, 2017

We are proud to announce that Florence Irving and the late Herbert Irving have made a bequest of $700 million to Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian to support pioneering cancer research and clinical care at our shared medical campus. 

Lisa Rosen-Metsch Appointed Dean of the School of General Studies

November 14, 2017

I am writing to announce the appointment of Lisa Rosen-Metsch, currently the Stephen Smith Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, as the next Dean of the School of General Studies.

Update Regarding Columbia World Projects

November 6, 2017

The most important item of note is that Nick Lemann, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism, Director of Columbia Global Reports, and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Journalism, has agreed to assume the inaugural role of Director of Columbia World Projects. 

71st Annual Columbia Community Service Campaign

October 30, 2017

We are writing, as we do each fall, to ask for your support of a singular University charitable campaign, Columbia Community Service (CCS).

Our Continued Commitment to Enhancing Faculty Diversity

October 5, 2017

Since 2005, the University has dedicated a total of $85 million to supporting faculty recruitment, career development, and a pipeline of prospective professors and doctoral and post-doctoral students who traditionally have been under-represented in American colleges and universities. I am writing now to announce that we are committing an additional $100 million over the next five fiscal years to continue this effort. 

Joachim Frank Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 4, 2017

Columbia Professor Joachim Frank has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Congratulations, first and foremost, to Professor Frank, who shares this year’s prize with scientists Richard Henderson of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England and Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.