Barnard names Robert Goldberg as Chief Operating Officer

June 04, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to announce that Robert Goldberg has been named the next Chief Operating Officer of the College. Chosen from a remarkable group of final candidates, Rob brings an extraordinary depth of experience in budget, finance, and policy management to this vital role. I will be honored and delighted to welcome him to Barnard on August 11, 2014, when he begins his tenure as COO.

From the start of the search this spring, the committee was charged with finding an imaginative leader with vision, energy, and a distinguished record of administrative achievement. At this important moment in the College’s history—with a strategic planning process underway, and a major fundraising campaign in its early stages—we were seeking a candidate who could lead and develop a team of experienced professionals, manage and secure our complex fiscal landscape, and navigate the nuanced environment that is Barnard. Rob Goldberg’s financial expertise and interpersonal skills, along with his deep understanding of multi-level organizations, will serve him well with Barnard’s many constituencies, and in our relationship with Columbia University.

Since January of 2010, Rob has served as the Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources at the Department of State. At State, Rob has been responsible for managing all aspects of the $32 billion foreign assistance budget for the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development, including planning, budget formulation and execution, and program performance. He also oversees the Department’s budget formulation information technology system and the website.

Prior to his position at the State Department, Rob served for five years as the Deputy Associate Director for International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, the senior career official responsible for budget and policy matters related to the U.S. government’s international affairs program. In addition to the State Department and USAID, he worked with and oversaw programs managed by other international agencies including the Peace Corps. He received his education at The George Washington University, earning both his bachelor’s degree in International Relations in 1988 and a master’s in International Affairs in 1990.

In the many conversations that led to this important decision, Rob proved to be a thoughtful communicator and a natural leader. From his years as a member of the Senior Executive Service, he understands how to shape policies and broker compromises, and is exceedingly comfortable working with multiple constituencies on complex management and program issues. We are excited that Rob will bring this extensive experience to his new position at Barnard.

I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate special thanks to Greg Brown for his eight years of unparalleled service to the College. And, of course, I want to thank our diligent and thoughtful search committee, supported by the search firm, Brill Neumann, and chaired by Avis Hinkson. The committee included Becky Friedkin, Louise Hood, Leslie Cawley, David Weiman, and trustees Eric Rosenfeld and Nancy Garvey.

Finally, I want to thank the President’s Operating Council—Gail Beltrone, Eileen Di Benedetto, Catherine Geddis, Carol Katzman, and Jomysha Stephen—for stepping up to the plate and carving out new models of collaborative management during this time of transition. They have been a wonderful team, and I truly appreciate their tireless efforts on behalf of the College.

I know that you will all join me in warmly welcoming Rob to Barnard.

Debora Spar


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