Jump to Navigation

Statements & Speeches

2013-2014 Statements & Speeches

2014 Commencement Address»
May 21, 2014

On behalf of the Trustees and the faculty of Columbia University, it is my very, very great pleasure and honor to welcome all of you to this ceremony to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2014. READ MORE


Announcement Regarding James G. Neal, University Librarian»
May 16, 2014

As we near the academic year’s conclusion, I want to inform you that James G. Neal, our outstanding University Librarian and Vice President for Information Services, has told me he will be retiring at the end of December. READ MORE


Update on Prevention of Sexual Assault»
May 15, 2014

Before the academic year comes to a close, I want to provide one more brief update on our ongoing efforts to improve our capacity within the University to prevent and address issues of sexual assault and misconduct. READ MORE


Gillian Lester Appointed Dean of Columbia Law School»
April 23, 2014

I am very happy to write with the announcement that Gillian Lester, a wonderful scholar, teacher, and emerging academic leader, has accepted my appointment as the next Dean of Columbia Law School. READ MORE


Update on Prevention of Sexual Assault»
April 7, 2014

I am writing to offer an update on the progress we’re making in addressing the issues involving sexual assault at the University. READ MORE


Keynote Address at the University of Rochester 2014 Diversity Conference»
March 28, 2014

President Lee C. Bollinger gave the keynote address at the University of Rochester’s annual Diversity Conference. READ MORE


President Lee C. Bollinger Statement on Anti-Boycott Legislation»
February 7, 2014

I am pleased to see that anti-boycott legislation is no longer being considered by the State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee. READ MORE


The Columbia Campaign»
January 30, 2014

I am writing to mark the end of The Columbia Campaign, which we announced in September 2006 and concluded on December 31, 2013.  This is truly an instance where the number speaks for itself: the final total was more than $6.1 billion...READ MORE


Statement Regarding Gender-Based Misconduct and Sexual Assault»
January 29, 2014

Gender-based misconduct and sexual assault have no place in our community.  Period. READ MORE


President Lee C. Bollinger Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela»
December 6, 2013

As a university long dedicated to human rights around the globe and civil rights here at home, we in the Columbia community feel acutely the loss of a true world leader like Nelson Mandela. READ MORE


Introduction of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (SIPA'87) at NYC Summit on Children»
November 25, 2013

Good afternoon, welcome, and thank you all for participating in this “New York City Summit on Children” here at Columbia. READ MORE


President Lee C. Bollinger Statement on the Typhoon in the Philippines»
November 12, 2013

On behalf of Columbia University, I extend my deepest sympathies to the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines and to members of our own community who have been affected by this catastrophe. READ MORE


Announcement Regarding the Search for Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation»
October 31, 2013

I am pleased to announce the members of the search committee for Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  As Chair, I am hopeful that the committee will conclude its work by the close of the year with the goal of having a new dean in place at the start of the next academic year. READ MORE


67th Columbia Community Service Campaign»
October 25, 2013

Our University gains much of its distinctive character from its location in New York City and from the neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan where we study, work, and live.  The collective efforts of local organizations, community groups, and volunteers improve the quality of life for each of us.  Each year, the Columbia Community Service (CCS) Campaign provides a singular opportunity for our faculty and staff to come together and give something back to the people of our communityREAD MORE


Announcement Regarding Marsha Wagner, Ombuds Officer»
October 7, 2013

It is not often that we have occasion to honor the service of someone who has held a senior post in University administration for more than two decades as the office’s only occupant and who was herself central to its creation.  Yet that is the case for Marsha Wagner, who is retiring as University Ombuds Officer after twenty-two years. READ MORE


Announcement Regarding Dean of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Mark Wigley»
September 23, 2013

After nearly a decade of innovative leadership, Dean of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Mark Wigley has shared the news that this will be his final academic year as the School's dean. READ MORE


Announcement Regarding the Search for the Dean of Columbia Law School»
September 9, 2013

As you may know, Law School Dean David Schizer will be stepping down at the end of this academic year when his ten-year term reaches its conclusion. READ MORE


David Madigan appointed Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences»
September 3, 2013

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Professor David Madigan as our Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, a role he has ably assumed on an interim basis since this past March. READ MORE