Lee C. Bollinger has announced that he will conclude his service as Columbia’s president at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year, bringing to a close an historic era for the 268-year-old university that has brought extraordinary physical and intellectual transformation. During his two-decade-long tenure, Columbia has flourished as a center of academic excellence that is redefining what it means to be a great research university in the 21st century. In service of this mission, President Bollinger has pushed for a thoughtful approach to global engagement, spearheaded record-breaking capital campaigns, and overseen the university’s most ambitious physical expansion in more than a century.
In an email to the Columbia community, Bollinger wrote, “I cannot begin to express what it has meant to me to serve in this role for this magnificent University for over two decades. Certainly, it has been a defining experience of my life. It has also been an especially high pleasure to do so at the beginning of the new century and in a period of rising intellectual excellence across the institution. No university in the world is more committed to the life of the mind or possessed of the will to bring knowledge and ideas to the service of humanity.”