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New Staff Join Arts and Sciences

Office of the President

June 25, 2007

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that there will be several additions, and some changes, to our staff at the Arts and Sciences as of July 1.

First, Robert Franklin will join our office on a half-time basis as Associate Vice President for Academic Planning as he continues in his role as Executive Director of Development and Planning in UDAR.  Rob joined Columbia’s development office two years ago, where his primary duties have focused on the planning and management of the Columbia Campaign.  In that capacity, he worked closely with Martha Howell, Ann McDermott and Linda Nelson on the Arts and Sciences component of the Campaign. 

Rob has lengthy academic and development experience in the arts and sciences.  Before joining Columbia, he served for seven years as Associate Dean for Development for the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford, leading the school's development staff and working with the team that planned and executed Stanford's recent billion-dollar campaign for Undergraduate Education.  Before moving to Stanford, Rob spent many years at Harvard, where he received a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, taught as a lecturer in Anthropology and the Social Studies program, worked as an administrator in Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and served under Susan Feagin in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences development office.

Rob will continue with some of his management and staff responsibilities in UDAR while devoting his time at the Arts and Sciences to academic planning, in particular coordinating our academic goals with campaign strategies. 

Kevin Fox will be joining our office as Assistant Vice President for Capital Planning and Space Utilization.  He joins us from the Facilities Management Division where he most recently served as University Director of Space Planning.  It is in this role where many of you may have had the opportunity to work with him in the past.  Prior to coming to Columbia in 2000, Kevin was Director of Planning at the Mount Sinai Medical Center where he was the principle planner for the development of a 750,000 gross square foot research building.  

Over the last seven years, Kevin provided valuable service to the Arts & Sciences by providing the planning and vision for successful ongoing initiatives such as our expansion to the Union Theological Campus, the accommodation of new faculty and programs in the science departments in Pupin, Fairchild and Schermerhorn, programming for the Northwest Science Building, modernization of Chemistry research labs, and the recently undertaken department refresh program.  In his new role, Kevin will be assuming the capital plant portfolio within the Arts & Sciences.  He will be our primary liaison to Facilities and will advise us on ways to manage our space resources and to realize new strategic capital initiatives.  

I am pleased to announce that Scott Norum has agreed to accept the role of Chief Administrative Officer in the Arts and Sciences.  Scott has been “on loan” from his position of Vice President for Budget and Planning to the Arts and Sciences since June 2006.  He has been instrumental in solidifying the financial capabilities of the organization in that time, has supported the strategic planning of Arts and Sciences and the Undergraduate Task Force, and has been a real partner in moving us forward.  Scott will continue to carry the title of Vice President for Budget and Planning, reflecting the importance of this role to the overall financial operations of the University.  In his role as Chief Administrative Officer, Scott will be responsible for all financial and administrative activities in the Arts and Sciences and will continue to support our strategic planning.

Lastly, after settling her new baby at home, Rose Razaghian has returned as Director of Communications and will also serve as Special Assistant to the Vice President.  Before returning to Columbia, Rose was on the faculty of Yale’s Political Science Department for four years.  At Yale she was an active participant in the university’s administration participating in both department- and university-level committees.  Prior to her academic work, Rose worked as a financial services consultant with a focus on supplying financial instruments online.  Rose received her Ph.D. from Columbia in Political Science and her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Political Science and Economics.  Rose will continue in her role as Director of Communications and will also assist me on special projects.

Please join me in congratulating Scott (and the Arts and Sciences) on his new role and welcoming Rob, Kevin, and Rose to the Arts and Sciences.

Best regards,

Nicholas B. Dirks
Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History
Vice President for Arts and Sciences
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences