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 are being established to seek broad input to support these efforts.  

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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