June 13, 2019
We write to share the news that Sean Solomon, William B. Ransford Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, will be stepping down as Director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) this coming academic year.
June 6, 2019
“We mourn the loss of University Trustee Kenneth A. Forde, who for the past six decades provided exemplary leadership at the University’s medical center, first as a trailblazing student and then as a teacher, distinguished surgeon and innovative researcher."
May 30, 2019
I am very pleased to announce that I have appointed Professor Amy Hungerford, a scholar of twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, as the next Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, effective January 1, 2020.
May 29, 2019
I write to share the news that Lee Goldman, MD, MPH, Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, and Chief Executive of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, will be stepping down from his senior executive positions on June 30, 2020. Dr. Goldman will remain on the faculties of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health.
May 16, 2019
I am delighted to announce that the Obama Foundation has selected the Columbia University Center for Oral History Research to produce the Obama Presidency Oral History, a comprehensive account of an historic American presidency that will serve as an invaluable resource for scholars, students, and members of the public.
May 14, 2019
I am pleased to announce my appointment of Dr. Rui Costa, Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology, to Director and CEO of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.
April 8, 2019
I am very pleased to announce my appointment of Nabila El-Bassel, the Willma and Albert Musher Professor of Social Work, to the rank of University Professor, our highest academic honor.
March 14, 2019
I write to share that John Coatsworth will be stepping down as Provost of the University on June 30, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.