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Mark Kingdon, Vikram Pandit, Esta Stecher Elected to Columbia's Board of Trustees

By Michael Larkin

Mark Kingdon

With the University's historic 250th Anniversary anniversary set to begin, President Lee C. Bollinger announced the election of three prestigious alumni to its 24-member Board of Trustees: Mark Kingdon, president of Kingdon Capital Management LLC, Esta Stecher, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Goldman Sachs & Co. and Vikram Pandit, co-president and chief operating officer of the Institutional Securities Group at Morgan Stanley.

"It is an honor to welcome such accomplished alumni and distinguished community leaders to the Board of Trustees at this momentous time in Columbia University's history," said President Bollinger. "Their contributions will strengthen our commitment to academic excellence as we celebrate 250 years as a world leader in higher education."

Mark Kingdon, CC '71, is a member of the Columbia College Board of Visitors, and serves on the boards of the Harlem Children's Zone, the New York City Police Foundation and the Academy of Political Science. In 1998, he endowed the C. Lowell Harriss Professorship of Economics at Columbia University in honor of his undergraduate teacher and mentor.

Kingdon, who won Institutional Investor/Alternative Investment News' first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, is the founder and president of Kingdon Capital Management LLC, a Manhattan-based hedge fund. Prior to founding the company in 1983, he worked for the institutional investment management firm, Century Capital Associates.

Vikram Pandit

Vikram Pandit, a graduate of Columbia University's Engineering School and Business School, is the co-president and chief operating officer of the Institutional Securities Group at Morgan Stanley. He previously served as the company's managing director and head of the Worldwide Institutional Equities Division (1994-2000) and U.S. Equity Syndicate (1990-1994).

Pandit served as director on the NASDAQ stock market board from 2000 to 2003, and is currently a member of the Morgan Stanley management committee. He also is a trustee of The Trinity School, a private school in Manhattan.

Esta Stecher, Law'82, sits on the Law School's Board of Visitors and the Dean's Council. She is also a trustee of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and director of the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty.

Esta Stecher

Stecher is currently serving as the executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Goldman Sachs & Co. From 1994 to 2000, Stecher was head of the firm's tax department. Prior to Goldman Sachs, she was a partner in the international law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell.

Columbia has 24 Trustees elected for six-year terms. Twelve Trustees are elected by the Trustees acting alone, six by the Trustees working in consultation with the executive committee of the University Senate, and six elected after nomination by the University's alumni. Kingdon and Stecher were elected as Alumni Trustees and Pandit was elected as a Trustee by the Trustees alone.

There are presently six Alumni-Trustees on the board. Alumni-Trustee nominees are identified and selected by the Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee, which is composed of alumni representatives from each of the schools and operates under the auspices of the Alumni Federation.

The newly elected Trustees will begin their terms in October.

Published: Sep 16, 2003
Last modified: Sep 15, 2003


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