"Keith Walton, executive vice president and secretary of the University, has decided to step down after more than 10 years, effective March 7," Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger announced March 15. "Keith has been a valuable member of Columbia's senior staff, and he has renewed and invigorated Trustee governance in accordance with the best practices throughout the country, successfully taken on special projects of strategic importance to the University, and effectively reached out to the local, national and international community on the University's behalf."
"Bill Campbell, chair of the Board of Trustees, said, "We are sad to see Keith go but feel a debt of gratitude for the more than a decade of outstanding service he has given on behalf of the Trustees."
"Keith has matched his professional duties with a wide range of civic and charitable endeavors that make a difference in our community," Bollinger continued. "A graduate of Yale and of Harvard Law School, he joined the University immediately after serving four years in leadership roles at the United States Department of the Treasury under Secretaries Lloyd Bentsen and Robert Rubin. We salute him for both his achievements and active citizenship."
"I want to thank the Trustees for allowing me to serve," Walton said. "Columbia is a remarkable place and I am grateful for both the challenges my role offered and my relationships with those with whom I have worked."
"Keith will be available to the University for the rest of the academic year to advise the Trustees and the administration on trusteeship and governance matters," Bollinger said. "Please join me in wishing Keith well."