Cole and Cohen to Return to TeachingProvost Jonathan Cole and David H. Cohen, vice president and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, have both announced plans to step down and return to teaching.
Jonathan Cole 64C 69GSAS has served as Columbias provost since 1989. At the request of President Bollinger, Cole has deferred his move until the 20032004 academic year.
Cole is recognized in the academic world as a major force behind Columbias renaissance of the last fifteen years. Above all he has focused on recruiting and retaining a world-class faculty. As vice president and then as provost, he has collaborated with other administrators and deans to strengthen tenure review, reform the budget process, and invest in departments and multidisciplinary programs that take advantage of Columbias location in New York. To create new opportunities for basic research and biotechnology transfer, he worked to establish the Audubon Research Park in Washington Heights.
On other fronts, Cole spearheaded the modernization of Columbias libraries, a massive effort that included complete renovation of Butler Library, expansion of online services, and development of a remote storage facility shared with Princeton and the New York Public Library. He has developed policies for research universities on the ownership of intellectual property, creating a structure that produced revenues for the University of more than $150 million this year. On the international scene, he was instrumental in developing the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia, an intellectual and cultural exchange center; and in renovating the facilities and expanding the programs at Reid Hall, Columbias French studies program in Paris.
He has published about 100 scientific articles, chapters, and abstracts; chaired the Society for Neuroscience and the Association of American Medical Colleges; and served as associate editor of two major journalswhile building eminent careers in both neuroscience and university administration. According to Cole, Cohen has strengthened graduate education across the boards, while reviving departments, building interdisciplinary collaborations and joint appointments, balancing the budget, and improving faculty relations by furthering close collaboration and faculty governance.
Cohen earned his bachelors degree from Harvard in 1960 and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963. He spent the next year as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology and the Brain Research Institute at UCLA, and then began a teaching career that led him from Western Reserve to the chair of neurobiology at SUNYStony Brook and then to the chair of neuroscience at the University of Virginia. Before coming to Columbia, he was provost at Northwestern University, and prior to that, vice president for research and dean of the graduate school there. Under his leadership, Northwestern nearly tripled its research budget and nurtured multidisciplinary projects across the university.
Photos: Cole: Carrie Bonetz. Cohen: Bruce Davidson/Magnum