Susan H. Fuhrman
Columbia University's Teachers College (TC) on Jan. 31 held formal ceremonies to inaugurate Susan H. Fuhrman as its 10th president. Dr. Fuhrman, a TC alum, is a noted education researcher who was an early analyst of the state education standards movement. She became the College's president in August 2006 and had previously served for more than a decade as dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
"A presidential inauguration is a major occasion in the life of an academic institution," said Margaret Crocco, Professor of Social Studies Education and co-chair of the inauguration planning committee. "The pomp and festivity are fun, but the event is also a celebration of ideas and values, and of the energy and redoubled commitment that a new president brings to the table. We're entering a new era, but we're also affirming the things we have always stood for: excellence in education and research, a commitment to helping poor and disadvantaged students, and a focus on education in all areas as the best means for sustaining and improving a democratic society."
The inauguration will be attended by representatives from colleges and universities across the nation and around the world and will include speakers such as New York City Public Schools Chancellor Joel Klein; New York State Education Commissioner Richard Mills, a classmate of Dr. Fuhrman's at TC; University of Miami President Donna Shalala, Dr. Fuhrman's thesis advisor at TC and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration; Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation and former President of the University of Pennsylvania; Edmund W. Gordon, Teachers College's Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education, who will present Dr. Fuhrman to the College's Board of Trustees, and Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University.
Other speakers will include Teachers College Board Co-Chairs John C. Hyland and William D. Rueckert; Lambros Comitas, Gardner Cowles Professor of Anthropology and Education (representing the Teachers College faculty); Connie McQueen, Chair, Union Executive Committee and Senior Loan Counselor in the College's Office of Financial Aid (representing union employees); Albert Cousins, President of the Teachers College Student Senate; and Andre McKenzie, President of the College's Alumni Council.
Dr. Fuhrman herself will deliver a keynote address in which she will review Teachers College's history and the challenges facing the College in the future.
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