Lee Bollinger Announcements


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.

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.