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President Bollinger Names Carol Becker
Dean of the School of the Arts

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger has named Carol Becker as the new dean of the School of the Arts. Becker is currently dean of faculty and senior vice-president for academic affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Carol Becker
Carol Becker

"Carol brings not only a wealth of leadership experience but also an extraordinary dedication to fostering artistic creativity and to enhancing the role of the arts, and the artist, in society," Bollinger said. "As a writer, a cultural critic, and an educator, she will help the arts excel at Columbia and in New York City."

Before joining the School of the Art Institute as an assistant professor nearly three decades ago, Carol taught at the University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University; Northeastern Illinois University; and Ionian University in Corfu. She earned her B.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo and her Ph.D. in English and American literature from University of California, San Diego. She is the recipient of many awards.

With research interests that range from feminist theory, American cultural history, and the education of artists, to South African art and politics, she has published numerous articles and books including: The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change (translated into seven languages); The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility; Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, and Gender; and Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art.

Bollinger also praised the stewardship of Acting Dean Dan Kleinman.

"The School of the Arts has thrived, including record-setting success at this year's Sundance Film Festival for the film division," Bollinger said. "During this transition period, Dan has supported Columbia's history of exceptional art students and helped to integrate the school more deeply within the larger University. We thank him for his service and are glad that he will remain a key colleague on our extraordinarily talented faculty. I also want to thank the search committee, led by Alan Brinkley and Nick Dirks, for its outstanding work in identifying a fine group of candidates."

Published: June 04, 2007
Last modified: Jun 06, 2007