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2015-2016 Statements & Speeches

Message Regarding the Presidential Election»
November 9, 2016

I am writing because of concerns for our community arising out of yesterday’s national election.  Certainly, not in my lifetime has there been a choice that is embraced by so many while also causing feelings of apprehension and vulnerability among so many others, including many students, faculty, and staff across our diverse University community. READ MORE


70th Columbia Community Service Campaignnnouncement»
November 2, 2016

Not quite a century ago, during World War II, members of our academic community joined together to form the Committee for War Relief, which supported the war effort through organizations such as the United War Fund and the American Red Cross. READ MORE


Announcement Regarding Peter Awn, Dean of the School of General Studies»
October 25, 2016

Peter Awn, Dean of the School of General Studies for the past 20 years, has informed me that he will be stepping down as Dean at the end of this academic year. READ MORE


Remarks at the Manhattanville Campus Dedication Ceremony»
October 24, 2016

On this morning, October 24, 2016, we assemble on this little square, at the feet of these two nearly finished and magnificent academic buildings, to mark the moment of inception of the new campus of Manhattanville – the most transformational expansion of Columbia University since the dedication of the Morningside Heights campus in 1896. READ MORE


Remarks at the Memorial Service for Fritz Stern»
September 30, 2016

Oh behalf of Columbia University I want to extend our warmest welcome and condolences to Elizabeth and to the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and other family members, friends, and colleagues of Fritz Stern who have come together this afternoon to understand and celebrate his life. READ MORE


Washington Heights Medical Campus Named in Honor of Herbert and Florence Irving»
September 21, 2016

It is with pride and appreciation that Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian announce that our shared medical campus in Washington Heights is being named in honor of Herbert and Florence Irving... READ MORE


Announcement Regarding Columbia University's Sustainability Principles»
September 12, 2016

I am writing to share with you a new set of Columbia University Sustainability Principles that will serve as the cornerstone of an ongoing University-wide initiative that must involve our entire community. READ MORE

2016 Convocation Address»
August 16, 2016

This is a very special occasion for all of us, and I want to say to the parents and families—we know how thrilling this moment is, and how poignant. READ MORE


Announcement Regarding Jeanette Takamura, Dean of the School of Social Work »
August 1, 2016

Jeanette Takamura, Dean of the School of Social Work, has informed me that she will be stepping down from her position on December 31, 2016, after successfully leading the School for 15 years. READ MORE


2016 Commencement Address»
May 18, 2016

On behalf of the Trustees and the faculty of Columbia University, it is my very great pleasure and honor to welcome all of you to this ceremony to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2016. READ MORE


Statement Regarding the Passing of Fritz Stern»
May 18, 2016

On a Commencement day when we come together to celebrate a new generation that becomes part of Columbia’s great intellectual tradition, I am sad to report that our university community has lost one of the towering exemplars of that tradition, former Provost and longtime history professor Fritz Stern ’46CC, ’53GSAS. READ MORE


Gerald Rosberg Appointed Senior Executive Vice President»
May 5, 2016

I am writing to announce my appointment of Gerald Rosberg as Senior Executive Vice President, as of July 1, 2016. READ MORE


Looking Ahead to Manhattanville on the 120th Anniversary of Columbia's Morningside Campus Dedication»
May 2, 2016

On this day in 1896, Columbia faculty, students, and alumni gathered on what is now College Walk to dedicate a Morningside Heights campus that was still under construction, marking the start of a momentous chapter in Columbia's long history. READ MORE


President Bollinger's Letter to Columbia Divest for Climate Justice»
April 23, 2016

As you know, last Thursday evening, April 14, I offered to move up my meeting with Columbia Divest for Climate Justice (CDCJ) then scheduled for April 29READ MORE


Ruth DeFries and Jeffrey Sachs Named University Professors»
April 13, 2016

I am pleased to announce my appointments of Ruth DeFries and Jeffrey Sachs as our newest University Professors, the highest rank Columbia bestows on its faculty. READ MORE


President Bollinger’s Message Regarding the Tragic Accident in Honduras»
January 14, 2016

I am very sorry to report that, earlier today, three members of the Columbia community died in a bus accident in Honduras. Columbia College student Olivia Erhardt and Barnard College student Daniella Moffson lost their lives while volunteering for the Columbia chapter of Global Brigades, an organization providing medical and other support to struggling populations around the world. READ MORE


Statement Regarding Recent Global Events»
November 15, 2015

We join in mourning the innocent lives lost and in decrying the violent attacks in Paris, as well as in other cities in recent weeks, just as the world mourned and stood together with New Yorkers after 9/11. READ MORE


Announcement Regarding the School of Professional Studies»
November 12, 2015

I am pleased to announce that the School of Continuing Education has been renamed the School of Professional Studies. READ MORE


Results of AAU Survey on Sexual Assault»
September 21, 2015

I write to you today about a national survey conducted last spring at 27 member institutions of the Association of American Universities (AAU), including Columbia. READ MORE


Announcements Regarding the University's Executive Management Team»
July 28, 2015

I am writing to share with you changes in personnel as part of a reorganization of the University’s executive management team. READ MORE