Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger in a blue suit on the room of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center

Lee C. Bollinger became Columbia University’s 19th president in 2002. Under his leadership, Columbia stands again at the very top rank of great research universities, distinguished by comprehensive academic excellence, an innovative and sustainable approach to global engagement, the institution’s most ambitious campus expansion in over a century, and what was, at the time, the largest capital campaign in Ivy League history.

Bollinger is Columbia’s first Seth Low Professor of the University, a member of the Law School faculty, and one of the country’s foremost First Amendment scholars. His most recent book is Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century. From 1996 to 2002, Bollinger was the President of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. About the President



It is not every day that white supremacists march on a university campus, torches lighted, chanting “You will not replace us,” and “Jews will not replace us,” and brawling with students and others who protested their racist, neo-Nazi and other violent messages. Yet to see the events in Charlottesville as an isolated incident would miss those groups’ commitment to spreading their white nationalist views far and wide.

Our responsibility on a university campus is to face the depth and breadth of this hostility directly. At Columbia, we reject the white supremacist violence and hatred that are at odds with our core values and our commitment to a diverse, inclusive community here and in society at large. Read more. 


"The period of the unfolding of this new campus in Manhattanville should be a time in which we demonstrate that courage and confidence in ourselves to re-evaluate what we take to be important and the roles we should assume in the world." President Bollinger on Manhattanville | Columbia's new Manhattanville Campus

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