Presidential Search Committee

Presidential Search Committee

According to University Statutes and the By-Laws of the Trustees, the Trustees of the University have responsibility for selecting the President of the University directly or through an ad hoc Presidential Search Committee established by the Trustees.

To oversee the process of selecting the next President of Columbia, a Presidential Search Committee has been formed. The committee will manage the recruitment and assessment of candidates, presenting finalists to the Board of Trustees. The Trustees will confer with the Executive Committee of the University Senate on a confidential basis to reach a common endorsement of the ultimate nominee for the post. The decision to appoint a President rests with the full board.

This Presidential Search Committee is led by Lisa Carnoy, whose term as co-chair of the Board of Trustees ends on September 5, 2022. It includes members of Columbia's Board of Trustees, Trustees Emeriti, faculty, alumni, and the chair of the University Senate.

Several Advisory Committees representing constituents across the University have been established to seek broad input to support these efforts.  

Presidential Search Advisory Committees

Student Advisory Committee Co-Chairs

  • Erin McKissick, Columbia Law School
  • Jennifer Egbebike, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Faculty Advisory Committee Co-Chairs

  • Wendy Chung, Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics (in Medicine); Chief, Division of Clinical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics
  • Marcus Folch, Associate Professor of Classics and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Staff Advisory Committee Co-Chairs

  • Adina Berrios Brooks, Associate Provost for Inclusive Faculty Pathways, Office of the Provost
  • Katie Conway, Vice Dean of Administration and Chief Operating Officer, Columbia Business School

Alumni Advisory Committee Co-Chairs

  • James Harden, Executive, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia Business School)
  • Alisa Wood, Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) (Columbia College and Columbia Business School)
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The Trustees will also form Advisory Committees that represent critical constituencies across the University. The committees will gather insight from the entire Columbia community about the qualities needed in the next President and important priorities for the University going forward. The Trustees welcome nominations and input from faculty, students, staff, alumni, and other friends of the University. Suggestions can be sent to