Troy Eggers Announced as Interim Dean of the School of Professional Studies

May 27, 2020

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

I am writing to announce that I have appointed Troy Eggers Interim Dean of the School of Professional Studies, as of July 1, 2020. Troy is currently Executive Vice Provost of the University, a position he will maintain during his tenure as Interim Dean.

Troy has been a member of the Columbia community for more than two decades, a period during which he has gained the experience and skills to serve expertly in this interim role.

Troy joined the Office of the Provost in 2011, under then Provost John Coatsworth, with the directive to ensure all aspects of academic management were functioning at the highest levels. As Executive Vice Provost, Troy oversees the offices of Academic Programs; Faculty Affairs; Teaching, Learning, and Innovation; Faculty Advancement; and Communications and Engagement. Also under his oversight are the International Students & Scholars Office, Columbia University Press, The University Seminars, and the Alliance joint-venture between Columbia, École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. He is a member of the University’s Emergency Management Operations Team and has been an integral part of the President’s Advisory Task Force on COVID-19, which I created more than two months ago and which has been essential in guiding me and the University through this crisis.

Prior to his time in the Office of the Provost, Troy served as Senior Associate Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, responsible for all student-related and administrative departments and functions. Before that he spent ten years at Columbia Business School, where he ran Executive Education, quite notably successfully seeing it through the challenges of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, and for a period also served as Assistant Dean of Executive MBA programs.

I have come to know Troy well over the last many years. He is a person of integrity, a consummate University citizen, and a thoughtful, wise, and creative administrator. I have full confidence that Troy will serve in this role admirably, and I send him our deep gratitude for agreeing to take this on.


Lee C. Bollinger