Lee Bollinger Announcements


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.

The Columbia Commitment

May 11, 2017

I am writing to announce a new campaign that will be critical to fulfilling Columbia’s core mission and to serving its students, faculty, and the world.  Its name is the Columbia Commitment, and our aim is to raise $5 billion in 5 years. 

On the Appointment of Jeannette Wing

May 1, 2017

I write to announce my appointment of Dr. Jeannette Wing as the Avanessians Director of Columbia’s Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science.  Jeannette will report to the president and will lead the University’s research, scholarship, and teaching in data science, an initiative already involving more than 200 affiliated faculty members across Columbia’s campuses. 

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Named University Professor

April 13, 2017

I am pleased to announce my appointment of Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic to the rank of University Professor, our highest academic honor. Professor Vunjak-Novakovic is currently Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medical Sciences, and director of Columbia’s Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering located at the University Medical Center.

Columbia World Projects

April 11, 2017

Over the past two years, I have been holding discussions among numerous faculty, deans, and distinguished guests all focused on this essential question: How can we at Columbia (and in the academic community more broadly) better connect with the world at-large where laws and policies are made, actions taken, and norms and attitudes shaped?

Steering Group on Mental Health

March 24, 2017

I write to report that I have asked Jim Valentini, Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education, to lead a Steering Group on Mental Health, focused on our undergraduate community.

Divestment from Thermal Coal Producers

March 13, 2017

I write to share that, at the most recent Trustee meeting, the Trustees voted to divest from companies substantially engaged in thermal coal production.

Regarding Latest White House Immigration Policy

March 6, 2017

Once again, I must write to you about government action negatively affecting our University community.  The differences between the new executive order on immigration and refugee policies issued today and the now superseded January order (about which I wrote earlier) may or may not prove significant in the ultimate judicial determination of the order’s legality.

Amicus Brief on Immigration and Refugees

February 13, 2017

Over the past two weeks, we have been working with several other academic institutions (sixteen, including all Ivy League universities) on an amicus brief that was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York challenging the Executive Order regarding immigrants from seven designated countries and refugees. 

On White House Immigration Policy

January 29, 2017

With the executive order issued by President Trump barring admission to the United States of Syrian refugees and imposing a 90-day ban on all immigrant and non-immigrant entry from seven Muslim-majority nations, the fear so many have had about federal policies being changed in ways that could affect our community has become disturbingly real.

Regarding the Presidential Election

November 9, 2016

I am writing because of concerns for our community arising out of yesterday’s national election.  Certainly, not in my lifetime has there been a choice that is embraced by so many while also causing feelings of apprehension and vulnerability among so many others, including many students, faculty, and staff across our diverse University community.

70th Columbia Community Service Campaign

November 2, 2016

Not quite a century ago, during World War II, members of our academic community joined together to form the Committee for War Relief, which supported the war effort through organizations such as the United War Fund and the American Red Cross.

Peter Awn to Step Down as Dean

October 25, 2016

Peter Awn, Dean of the School of General Studies for the past 20 years, has informed me that he will be stepping down as Dean at the end of this academic year.

Medical Campus Named

September 21, 2016

It is with pride and appreciation that Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian announce that our shared medical campus in Washington Heights...will now be called Columbia University Herbert and Florence Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. 

New Sustainability Principles

September 12, 2016

I am writing to share with you a new set of Columbia University Sustainability Principles that will serve as the cornerstone of an ongoing University-wide initiative that must involve our entire community. 

Jeanette Takamura to Step Down as Dean

August 1, 2016

Jeanette Takamura, Dean of the School of Social Work, has informed me that she will be stepping down from her position on December 31, 2016, after successfully leading the School for 15 years.