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2011-2012 Statements & Speeches

Safwan M. Masri Appointed Vice President for Global Centers»
July 26, 2012

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Safwan M. Masri as vice president for Global Centers. Professor Kenneth Prewitt, who has served in that capacity since the position’s creation in 2009, will remain in a senior advisory role helping to chart the future course of Columbia’s globalization efforts. READ MORE


Ronnie Myers, DDS, Named Interim Dean of College of Dental Medicine»
June 20, 2012

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ronnie Myers, DDS, as the interim dean of the College of Dental Medicine while a national search for a new dean proceeds. READ MORE


James Valentini Appointed Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education»
June 11, 2012

I am very pleased to announce that Professor James J. Valentini, interim Dean of the College for the 2011-12 academic year, will officially become Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education. READ MORE


2012 Commencement Address»
May 16, 2012

On behalf of the Trustees and the faculty of Columbia University, it is my very, very great pleasure and honor to welcome all of you to this ceremony to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2012. READ MORE


Statement by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger»
April 3, 2012

We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our colleague Richard Descoings, the Director of Sciences Po, one of the world’s top universities. He was a global leader on education policy, recognized and honoured both in France and around the world for his contributions to research and policy. READ MORE


Next Phase of Columbia's Commitment to Enhancing Faculty Diversity»
April 2, 2012

The experience of being on the Columbia campus makes clear that a diverse university community is essential to achieving academic excellence. Indeed, fostering the uninhibited exploration of competing ideas and beliefs—expressed by people of different backgrounds and perspectives—makes possible the distinct brand of scholarship, learning, research, and public service that are Columbia’s reason for being. READ MORE


Announcement Regarding Dean Ira Lamster of the College of Dental Medicine»
March 1, 2012

Since 2001, when he was appointed dean of what is now the College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Ira B. Lamster has been an inspirational leader to faculty, students, staff and alumni across the CUMC campus. Now, after ten years leading the College of Dental Medicine and, in the last five years, serving as senior vice president of Columbia University Medical Center,  Dr. Lamster has informed us of his intention to step down. READ MORE


A Message Regarding NYPD Surveillance of Muslim Student Groups»
February 24, 2012

As many of you know, the Associated Press recently reported that more than a dozen colleges in the Northeast, including Columbia and some of our fellow Ivy League universities, were the subject of NYPD surveillance that included the monitoring of public websites run by Muslim student groups, as well as some instances of other surveillance. READ MORE


John Coatsworth Appointed Permanent Provost of Columbia University»
February 17, 2012

I am writing to say that I have asked John Coatsworth, who has served as an extraordinarily effective interim University Provost since last summer, to continue on as the permanent Provost. READ MORE


Gerry Lenfest Pledges $30 Million to Fund Manhattanville Arts Center»
November 17, 2011

I am pleased to announce that University Trustee H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest (LW ’58) has pledged $30 million to help build a multidisciplinary arts venue on the Manhattanville campus. READ MORE


Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering Proposal»
October 27, 2011

I am pleased to share with you the Executive Summary of a major proposal to be submitted tomorrow to the City of New York for a Columbia University Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. READ MORE


President Lee C. Bollinger Statement on the Earthquake in Turkey»
October 26, 2011

With news of the recent earthquake and aftershocks in Turkey still coming to us, I want to extend Columbia's deepest sympathies to the victims in the region, and to members of our own community for whom this devastating natural disaster has had an immediate effect. READ MORE


65th Annual Columbia Community Service Campaign Kickoff»
October 24, 2011

For the families, schools, and businesses of Upper Manhattan, Columbia Community Service is valued for strengthening the many local groups that provide essential services in this time of economic hardship. READ MORE


James Valentini Named Interim Dean of Columbia College»
September 2, 2011

I am pleased to announce that Professor James Valentini will assume the responsibilities of Dean of the College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education on an interim basis. READ MORE


Melissa Smey Appointed Executive Director of CU Arts Initiative»
July 12, 2011

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Melissa Smey as Executive Director of Columbia's Arts Initiative, adding to her current responsibilities as Director of Miller Theatre. READ MORE