Announcement of New Provost

May 13, 2009

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

I am very pleased to announce that I am appointing Dr. Claude M. Steele as the new Provost of Columbia University, effective September 1, 2009. Dr. Steele is currently the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1991. He also currently serves as the Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Claude is widely recognized for his dedicated and charismatic teaching, for his seminal scholarship, which has focused on questions of identity, group stereotypes, and addictive behaviors, and for his service to the academic community and beyond. He is a friend and colleague to many in the Columbia community, and it is a great moment to be able to welcome him here as Provost.

Let me note just a few of the highlights of Claude's distinguished career. As a leader in the field of social psychology, he currently holds memberships in the National Academy of Education, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of several fellowships and prizes including the Senior Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association. His past leadership roles include serving as the president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, as the president of the Western Psychological Association, as the chair of the Executive Committee of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and as a member of the board of directors of the American Psychological Society. His extensive academic experience includes professorships on the faculties of the University of Michigan, University of Washington, the University of Utah, and in his current role at Stanford, where he has served as the chair of the Psychology Department. Dr. Steele received his BA from Hiram College and both his MA and PhD from Ohio State University. He has received honorary degrees from a number of prestigious universities, including the University of Chicago, Yale, and Princeton.

Having earned the admiration of students and colleagues for his excellence as a teacher, researcher, and department chair, Dr. Steele is an ideal choice to succeed Provost Alan Brinkley, whom I thank again for his tremendous contribution to the University. I also want to thank all the members of the Advisory Committee for their care and insights in the process leading to this new appointment.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Claude Steele as the 21st Provost of Columbia University.



Lee C. Bollinger