Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) provides international leadership in basic, preclinical, and clinical research; medical and health sciences education; and patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the Roy and Diana Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the College of Dental Medicine, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. CUIMC is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and State and one of the largest faculty medical practices in the Northeast.

With an enrollment of over 3,100 students, CUIMC’s 20-acre campus is located in Washington Heights, two miles to the north of Columbia University’s main campus, and overlooks the Hudson River. Among the most prominent buildings on the site are the 20-story Julius and Armand Hammer Health Sciences Center, the William Black Medical Research Building, and the 17-story tower of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1989, The Presbyterian Hospital opened the Milstein Hospital Building, a 745-bed facility that incorporates the very latest advances in medical technology and patient care.

The Position


Reporting to the assistant vice president of campus operations, the director of housing services (director) develops and implements short- and long-range goals, objectives, strategic plans, and operating procedures for the Office of Housing Services. This senior leader is responsible for coordination of all residential services, property management, maintenance, development, and construction activities associated with a portfolio of seven residence halls and apartment buildings that house approximately 1400 residents, while also ensuring the office is contributing to the overall division objectives. The director provides direct oversight of occupancy management strategies and ensures effective marketing and retention activities to maximize occupancy and program revenues.

The director serves as a strategic resource, coach, university housing expert and a motivator while contributing to the operations of Columbia University Irving Medical Center Facilities. The successful candidate will provide leadership to two assistant directors, more than 40 full-time staff members (union and non-union), and six graduate resident assistants. The incumbent also plans and oversees a total budget of approximately $10 million dollars in operating expenses and revenue.

The successful candidate will:

  • provide strategic, innovative, and customer-centered leadership for the office;
  • oversee all contract and leasing activities led by the assistant director of leasing services to ensure maximum occupancy of housing units at all times;
  • oversee property management and building maintenance activities led by the assistant director of housing operations to ensure capital investment in critical assets and infrastructure is planned and allocated each year;
  • use data, assessment and forecasting models to evaluate and improve programs, services, financial performance, and facilities;
  • oversee the recruitment, selection, training and supervision of the graduate resident advisor staff;
  • oversee the administration and optimal utilization of the housing management, property inventory, and work order technology solutions;
  • ensure compliance with all relevant policies, procedures, standards, and laws and conduct regular policy reviews to align the office with compliance and other obligations;
  • in partnership with division and CUIMC colleagues, be accountable for the business and financial operations of the Office of Housing Services, including coordination of billing and revenue collection;
  • collaborate with division and CUIMC colleagues to ensure high standards of safety, security, and risk management in campus housing facilities; and
  • serve as a liaison for CUIMC and new faculty in need of housing; coordinate faculty with realtors to assist them obtain the best match for their housing needs.


Tanya Kent-James, the former director of housing services, left CUIMC in July 2019 after nearly 11 years in the position. Diana Mejia, assistant vice president, campus operations has led the department since that time on an interim basis.

The director reports to Mejia who has served as the assistant vice president since July 2017. Mejia has served CUIMC for 21 years in a variety of progressive roles.


The Housing Services Office is a complex entity with wide-ranging stakeholders and responsibilities. The department has its own facilities operations plant, as well as a dedicated custodial, mechanical and grounds staff. It is imperative that the new director of housing services is prepared to lead a comprehensive housing operation (housing operations, housing facilities and student life) within an elite academic medical environment.

Within this context, there are several aspects of the role of director in which the successful candidate will need to be prepared to lead after a period of acclimatization and relationship building. These include:

Occupancy Management: While the housing program occupancy rate at the beginning of fall term is typically at or near 100%, the annualized occupancy rate is 85%. Stakeholders identified longstanding policies and procedures, as well as the complexity of the academic calendars for the various graduate programs as the primary reasons for the lower annualized occupancy rate. The new director will be charged with reviewing all existing policies, procedures and practices related to contracts and leases to identify the impact on occupancy and program revenue. At the same time, the new director will work closely with the assistant vice president and academic leaders to identify and propose new strategies for improving the overall occupancy rate.

Facilities Management: As is the case at kindred campus housing operations, the student housing facilities inventory at CUIMC faces ongoing pressures with regards to preventative and deferred maintenance. A lifecycle assessment study for capital projects has recently been completed and a primary recommendation of the study has been for allocation of a minimum of $3 million annually for repairs and renovations. The current budget allocation of $1 million falls short of this recommendation, and the director will work closely with the assistant vice president and other leaders at CUIMC to develop a strategy to address these needs.

Staff Development and Mentoring: The ability to grow, develop, and mentor a diverse professional staff, while building a strong and dedicated team, will be critical for success. While the Leasing Services and Housing Facilities teams both report to the same director and are part of the same office, there is some sense that the two teams feel siloed. The new director will be expected to provide a cohesive and strategic vision for the department, and also create an environment where the two teams work closely together in order to provide the best possible residential experience to CUIMC students. With two talented and dedicated assistant directors, there is a prime opportunity to create a synergistic relationship between the two functional areas and to chart a more closely-aligned strategic direction.

Housing Management System Implementation: CUIMC currently uses RMPS for its housing management system, but has made the decision to transition to StarRez. The former director, as well as some members of the leasing services team, participated in the implementation training last year. However, with the departure of the former director, the implementation has been paused and the team is awaiting the arrival of the new director to restart the training and implementation process.

Departmental Culture and Vision: In coming on board following a long-serving director, the new director will have an opportunity to take a fresh look at the culture and “brand” of the Housing Services Office, utilizing past experience, professional best practices and innovative vision to inform the work of the department. The Campus Services leadership team has already put in motion several elements of a culture change program including staff retreats, a cohort-based management development program, and the development of five guiding norms for the work of the department.


At an appropriate interval after joining Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the following will initially define success for the new director of housing services:

  1. The director has developed a deep understanding of the full scope of the department’s operations, strengths, and opportunities for improvement of fiscal, operational and programmatic performance;
  2. The director has built a collaborative and high-functioning housing services team, and individual roles and expectations are clarified and understood;
  3. A comprehensive review of the department’s occupancy and facilities management plans, including policies and procedures, has taken place and a departmental strategic plan has been developed with broad-based input from the staff and stakeholders;
  4. Standards for use of metrics and benchmarks for assessment of services are established;
  5. Internal and external communication throughout the unit is centralized, consistent, and transparent; and
  6. StarRez implementation training has been completed and the department has successfully transitioned to StarRez as its comprehensive housing management system.


A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in experience is required (master’s preferred), along with a minimum of ten years of progressive leadership experience in college/university housing or residential property management. Preferred candidates will also have significant experience with building operations and maintenance, including leading facilities improvement and capital renewal initiatives; selection, training, supervision, development and evaluation of department staff;  financial budgeting, reporting, analysis, and forecasting; and developing and implementing organizational vision, strategy, and goals.

Additional knowledge, capabilities and experiences needed for success in the position include:

  • ability to analyze, evaluate solutions, and make recommendations for change;
  • experience leading emergency response planning and preparedness;
  • excellent interpersonal communication and team-building skills;
  • demonstrated ability to juggle numerous and diverse activities, organizing and prioritizing appropriately to meet demands and expectations;
  • strong customer service orientation;
  • political acumen and skills in navigating complex environments and organizations; and
  • ability to quickly learn local laws governing residential structures and living standards.

In order to succeed in this critical position, campus stakeholders indicated the new director of housing services should be:

  • one who is instinctively collaborative and a team player;
  • one who is a strategic thinker who can develop both short- and long-term plans around the needs of the department;
  • one who is an open communicator and displays integrity;
  • one who is a confident yet approachable leader and open to new ideas;
  • one who can role model accountability and transparency;
  • one who will take the time to have a presence across the various CUIMC student housing properties;
  • one who has experience with occupancy management in a complex college/university setting;
  • one who is a self-starter and is comfortable taking initiative;
  • one who is diplomatic and has proven conflict resolution skills;
  • one with professional and executive presence;
  • one who is a risk-taker with measured risks and also respects the chain of decision-making;
  • one who is an excellent mentor, coach and trainer for staff at all levels;
  • one who is adaptable and resilient;
  • one who is adept at supporting and managing change and can improve upon existing operations and practices;
  • one who has excellent goal-setting skills and can empower the housing services staff in achieving those goals;
  • one who is comfortable with both receiving and providing constructive feedback to enhance performance;
  • one who has a sophisticated understanding of financial operations and systems;
  • one who has respect for the student experience and champions a student-centered environment;
  • one who has strong managerial and administrative skills;
  • one who has a sense of humor and can build an enjoyable working environment; and
  • one who will take time to learn and champion CUIMC’s culture, strengths, and unique value propositions.

An Overview of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center

By the Numbers: Overview of CUIMC Schools

Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons
Founded: 1767
Dean: Lee Goldman, MD, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine
Degrees offered: MD, MD/PhD, MD/MPH, MD/MBA, MD/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, MD-MS, MD-MA
Full-time faculty: 2,087
MD students enrolled: 620
NIH funding: $501.0 million (FY2018)

Source: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Facts and Statistics

College of Dental Medicine
Founded: 1916
Dean: Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent
Degrees offered: DDS, DDS/MPH, DDS/MA (education), DDS/MBA
Full-time faculty: 84
Students enrolled: 414
Source: Columbia University Office of the Provost Statistical Abstract

School of Nursing
Founded: 1892
Dean: Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN
Degrees offered: BS/MS, MS, DNP, PhD, MS/MPH, MS/MBA
Full-time faculty: 96
Students enrolled: 735
Source: Columbia University School of Nursing Facts and Figures

Mailman School of Public Health
Founded: 1922
Dean: Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH
Degrees offered: MPH, PhD, MS, 9 dual degrees
Full-time faculty: 170
Students enrolled: 1,404
Source: Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Facts and Figures

Leadership of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Dr. Lee Goldman, MD – Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor and Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences

Lee Goldman, MD, MPH, is the Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, and Chief Executive of Columbia University Medical Center. He serves as Dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and also is administratively responsible for the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, and the School of Nursing. Dr. Goldman earned his undergraduate, medical, and master of public health degrees from Yale University. He received his clinical training in medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and at Massachusetts General Hospital, and in cardiology at Yale New Haven Hospital. Before joining Columbia University in 2006, he was the Julius R. Krevans Distinguished Professor, chair of the Department of Medicine, and associate dean for Clinical Affairs of the School of Medicine at UCSF. Prior to moving to San Francisco, he served as professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, and vice chair of the Department of Medicine and later chief medical officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Goldman’s research on the cost-effectiveness of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for heart disease has transformed the delivery of medical care. He is best known for his work in predicting the cardiac risk of non-cardiac surgery (the “Goldman Index”), determining which patients with chest pain require hospitalization (“the Goldman Criteria,” featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink), and establishing priorities for preventing and treating coronary artery disease (the Coronary Heart Disease Policy Model). Dr. Goldman’s research has led to the proliferation of the now ubiquitous chest pain evaluation units. He coauthored the article that coined the term “hospitalist” and created the first academic hospitalist program in the U.S. His 450-plus publications include more than 20 first- or senior-authored articles in The New England Journal of Medicine, the premier journal for patient-oriented research.

Dr. Goldman is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation; past President of the Association of American Physicians, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the Association of Professors of Medicine; a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a past director of the American Board of Internal Medicine; and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He is the recipient of the highest awards from the Society of General Internal Medicine (the Glaser Award), the American College of Physicians (the John Phillips Award), and the Association of Professors of Medicine (the Williams Award), as well as the Blake Award from the Association of American Physicians and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke from the American Heart Association. Dr. Goldman is a past associate editor of The New England Journal of Medicine and editor of The American Journal of Medicine. He is the lead editor of the renowned Cecil Textbook of Medicine, which was renamed Goldman-Cecil Medicine. His most recent book, Too Much of a Good Thing: How Four Key Survival Traits Are Now Killing Us, was published in 2015.

Facilities Management and Campus Services

Facilities Management and Campus Services delivers the safest, highest-quality environments and services so Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s faculty, researchers, students, and clinicians can do their best work. Through innovation, value, communication, and quality, we aim to provide you with service excellence.

As the medical center’s largest administrative unit, we oversee the daily operations and maintenance of more than 3.6 million gross square feet of research, teaching, clinical, and residential space.


Leadership of Facilities Management and Campus Services

Amador Centeno – Senior Vice President, Facilities Management, Operations and Planning; Vice Dean for Student Services

A results-oriented senior executive with a proven record of growth and accomplishment in health care administration and facilities management, Amador Centeno launched his career at Mount Sinai Medical Center and has held leadership positions at Continuum Health Partners and Columbia Health. He earned an MS in health service administration from Iona College and a BS in economics from Lehman College.

Under Amador’s leadership, Facilities Management and Campus Services has physically transformed Columbia University Irving Medical Center, raising two new buildings: the 100,000-square-foot Vagelos Education Center and the 60,000-square-foot School of Nursing building. Programmatic transformations at the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library and Student Health Service have revolutionized how students learn about and receive health care.

Diana Mejia – Assistant Vice President for Campus Operations

Diana Mejia applies her superior planning, leadership, and decision-making skills to oversee Campus Operations, a department whose broad scope of work directly impacts the daily experiences of Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s faculty, students, employees, and visitors.

Diana’s portfolio encompasses Custodial Operations, which includes custodial, waste removal, event set-up, and mail services for 1.2 million square feet of research, instructional, and administrative space. She also oversees the Office of Housing Services and the management of seven residential properties. Additionally, her team manages four CUIMC employee parking garages and one commercial parking garage.

Previously, Diana served as a director of Capital Project Management in Facilities Management and Campus Services, and as associate dean for Operations Management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She also worked in the non-profit sector, building affordable housing and mixed-use development projects for low-income communities and planning and overseeing senior housing, multi-family housing, and first-time homeownership programs.

She holds master’s degrees from Columbia University in real estate development and in construction administration, as well as a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

The Office of Housing Services

The Office of Housing Services works to make Columbia University Irving Medical Center feel like your home away from home. Each year, we house about 1,400 students and postdoctoral research fellows in our on-campus dormitories and apartments.

CUIMC’s on-campus accommodations are a practical and cost-effective way to live in Manhattan. All our residential buildings are located on campus, within easy walking distance of academic buildings, labs, the library, the Bard Athletic Center, and public transportation.

At Columbia University Irving Medical Center, we don’t offer one-size-fits-all housing. We have studios, one-bedroom apartments, and multi-room apartments for singles, couples, and groups of friends. We also have gender-specific floors and accessible rooms.

All our buildings feature laundry, elevator service, internet, and 24-hour security, so your comfort and safety are ensured. Our resident advisors are available to support you.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background/History

Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.

Controversy preceded the founding of the College, with various groups competing to determine its location and religious affiliation. Advocates of New York City met with success on the first point, while the Anglicans prevailed on the latter. However, all constituencies agreed to commit themselves to principles of religious liberty in establishing the policies of the College.

In July 1754, Samuel Johnson held the first classes in a new schoolhouse adjoining Trinity Church, located on what is now lower Broadway in Manhattan. There were eight students in the class. At King’s College, the future leaders of colonial society could receive an education designed to “enlarge the Mind, improve the Understanding, polish the whole Man, and qualify them to support the brightest Characters in all the elevated stations in life.” One early manifestation of the institution’s lofty goals was the establishment in 1767 of the first American medical school to grant the MD degree.

The American Revolution brought the growth of the college to a halt, forcing a suspension of instruction in 1776 that lasted for eight years. However, the institution continued to exert a significant influence on American life through the people associated with it. Among the earliest students and trustees of King’s College were John Jay, the first chief justice of the United States; Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury; Gouverneur Morris, the author of the final draft of the U.S. Constitution; and Robert R. Livingston, a member of the five-man committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence.

The college reopened in 1784 with a new name—Columbia—that embodied the patriotic fervor that had inspired the nation’s quest for independence. The revitalized institution was recognizable as the descendant of its colonial ancestor, thanks to its inclination toward Anglicanism and the needs of an urban population, but there were important differences: Columbia College reflected the legacy of the Revolution in the greater economic, denominational, and geographic diversity of its new students and leaders. Cloistered campus life gave way to the more common phenomenon of day students who lived at home or lodged in the city.

In 1857, the College moved from Park Place, near the present site of city hall, to 49th Street and Madison Avenue, where it remained for the next forty years. During the last half of the nineteenth century, Columbia rapidly assumed the shape of a modern university. The Columbia School of Law was founded in 1858. The country’s first mining school, a precursor of today’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, was established in 1864 and awarded the first Columbia Ph.D. in 1875.

When Seth Low became Columbia’s president in 1890, he vigorously promoted the university ideal for the College, placing the fragmented federation of autonomous and competing schools under a central administration that stressed cooperation and shared resources. Barnard College for women had become affiliated with Columbia in 1889; the medical school came under the aegis of the University in 1891, followed by Teachers College in 1893. The development of graduate faculties in political science, philosophy, and pure science established Columbia as one of the nation’s earliest centers for graduate education. In 1896, the trustees officially authorized the use of yet another new name, Columbia University, and today the institution is officially known as Columbia University in the City of New York.

Low’s greatest accomplishment, however, was moving the university from Forty-ninth Street to the more spacious Morningside Heights campus, designed as an urban academic village by McKim, Mead, and White, the renowned turn-of-the-century architectural firm. Architect Charles Follen McKim provided Columbia with stately buildings patterned after those of the Italian Renaissance. The University continued to prosper after its move uptown in 1897.

During the presidency of Nicholas Murray Butler (1902–1945), Columbia emerged as a preeminent national center for educational innovation and scholarly achievement. The School of Journalism was established by bequest of Joseph Pulitzer in 1912. John Erskine taught the first Great Books Honors Seminar at Columbia College in 1919, making the study of original masterworks the foundation of undergraduate education, and in the same year, a course on war and peace studies originated the College’s influential Core Curriculum.

Columbia became, in the words of College alumnus Herman Wouk, a place of “doubled magic,” where “the best things of the moment were outside the rectangle of Columbia; the best things of all human history and thought were inside the rectangle.”

The study of the sciences flourished along with the liberal arts. Franz Boas founded the modern science of anthropology here in the early decades of the twentieth century, even as Thomas Hunt Morgan set the course for modern genetics. In 1928, Columbia–Presbyterian Medical Center, the first such center to combine teaching, research, and patient care, was officially opened as a joint project between the medical school and The Presbyterian Hospital.

By the late 1930s, a Columbia student could study with the likes of Jacques Barzun, Paul Lazarsfeld, Mark Van Doren, Lionel Trilling, and I. I. Rabi, to name just a few of the great minds of the Morningside campus. The University’s graduates during this time were equally accomplished—for example, two alumni of Columbia’s School of Law, Charles Evans Hughes and Harlan Fiske Stone (who was also dean of the School of Law), served successively as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Research into the atom by faculty members I. I. Rabi, Enrico Fermi, and Polykarp Kusch brought Columbia’s Department of Physics to international prominence in the 1940s. The founding of the School of International Affairs (now the School of International and Public Affairs) in 1946 marked the beginning of intensive growth in international relations as a major scholarly focus of the University. The oral-history movement in the United States was launched at Columbia in 1948.

Columbia celebrated its bicentennial in 1954 during a period of steady expansion. This growth mandated a major campus building program in the 1960s, and, by the end of the decade, five of the University’s schools were housed in new buildings.

It was also in the 1960s that Columbia experienced the most significant crisis in its history. Currents of unrest sweeping the country—among them opposition to the Vietnam War, an increasingly militant civil rights movement, and the ongoing decline of America’s inner cities—converged with particular force at Columbia, casting the Morningside campus into the national spotlight. More than 1,000 protesting students occupied five buildings in the last week of April 1968, effectively shutting down the University until they were forcibly removed by the New York City police. Those events led directly to the cancellation of a proposed gym in Morningside Park, the cessation of certain classified research projects on campus, the retirement of President Grayson Kirk, and a downturn in the University’s finances and morale. They also led to the creation of the University Senate, in which faculty, students, and alumni acquired a larger voice in University affairs.

In recent decades, Columbia’s campuses have seen a revival of spirit and energy that have been truly momentous. Under the leadership of President Michael Sovern, the 1980s saw the completion of important new facilities, and the pace intensified after George Rupp became president in 1993. A 650-million-dollar building program begun in 1994 provided the impetus for a wide range of projects, including the complete renovation of Furnald Hall and athletics facilities on campus and at Baker Field, the wiring of the campus for Internet and wireless access, the rebuilding of Dodge Hall for the School of the Arts, the construction of new facilities for the Schools of Law and Business, the renovation of Butler Library, and the creation of the Philip L. Milstein Family College Library.

The University also continued to develop the Audubon Biotechnology and Research Park, securing Columbia’s place at the forefront of medical research. As New York City’s only university-related research park, it also is contributing to economic growth through the creation of private-sector research collaborations and the generation of new biomedically related business.

A new student-activities center, Alfred Lerner Hall, opened in 1999 and features the Roone Arledge Auditorium and Cinema. Current building projects include major renovations to Hamilton Hall and Avery Library.

These and other improvements to the University’s physical plant provide a visible reminder of the continuing growth and development of Columbia’s programs of research and teaching. From its renowned Core Curriculum to the most advanced work now under way in its graduate and professional schools, the University continues to set the highest standard for the creation and dissemination of knowledge, both in the United States and around the world.

About New York, New York

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world’s most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city’s fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Situated on one of the world’s largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which is a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs -Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island — were consolidated into a single city in 1898. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. As of 2019, the New York metropolitan area is estimated to produce a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of US$1.9 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world.

New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan; the post was named New Amsterdam in 1626. The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. It has been the country’s largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the U.S. by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is an international symbol of the U.S. and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, environmental sustainability, and as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity. In 2019, New York was voted the greatest city in the world per a survey of over 30,000 people from 48 cities worldwide, citing the city’s cultural diversity.

Mission Statement

Columbia University is one of the world’s most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the University to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.


Lee C. Bollinger – President

Lee C. Bollinger became Columbia University’s nineteenth president in 2002. Under his leadership, Columbia stands again at the very top rank of great research universities, distinguished by comprehensive academic excellence, historic institutional development, an innovative and sustainable approach to global engagement, and unprecedented levels of alumni involvement and financial stability.

President Bollinger is Columbia’s first Seth Low Professor of the University, a member of the Columbia Law School faculty, and one of the country’s foremost First Amendment scholars. Each fall semester, he teaches “Freedom of Speech and Press” to Columbia undergraduate students. His latest book, The Free Speech Century, co-edited with Geoffrey R. Stone, was published in 2018.

As president of the University of Michigan, Bollinger led the school’s historic litigation in Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, Supreme Court decisions that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. He speaks and writes frequently about the value of racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity to American society through opinion columns, media interviews, and public appearances around the country. Columbia remains one of the most diverse universities among its peer institutions and has seen the number of applicants to Columbia College and the selectivity of admissions at the school reach record levels.

As Columbia’s president, Bollinger conceived and led the University’s most ambitious expansion in over a century with the creation of the Manhattanville campus in West Harlem, the first campus plan in the nation to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest certification for sustainable development.  An historic community benefits agreement emerging from the city and state review process for the new campus provides Columbia’s local neighborhoods with decades of investment in the community’s health, education and economic growth. The first two buildings, the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and the Lenfest Center for the Arts, opened in the spring of 2017. The third, the Forum, which hosts conferences, meetings, and symposia, opened in September of 2018.

Bollinger’s commitment to excellence in architecture is evident across Columbia’s campuses, from Renzo Piano’s master plan for Manhattanville, to the recently opened Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, to Rafael Moneo’s design for the Northwest Corner Building on the historic Morningside campus, to the Campbell Sports Center at Baker Field designed by Steven Holl.

Among Bollinger’s signal achievements at Columbia are the development of a network of nine Columbia Global Centers on four continents and the creation of new venues on the University’s home campus supporting global conversations and scholarship, including the World Leaders Forum and the Committee on Global Thought.

From November 1996 to 2002, Bollinger was president of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he also served as a law professor and dean of the law school.

He is a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is widely published on legal and constitutional issues involving free speech and press, and his books include: Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century; Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern EraImages of a Free Press; and The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America.

Bollinger has received the National Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice and the National Equal Justice Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for his leadership on affirmative action. He also received the Clark Kerr Award, the highest award conferred by the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, for his service to higher education, especially on matters of freedom of speech and diversity. He is the recipient of 10 honorary degrees from universities in this country and abroad.

Bollinger is a director of Graham Holdings Company (formerly The Washington Post Company) and serves as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. From 2007 to 2012, he was director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he also served as chair from 2010 to 2012.

After graduating from the University of Oregon and Columbia Law School, where he was an Articles Editor of Columbia Law Review, Bollinger served as law clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Chief Justice Warren Burger on the United States Supreme Court. He joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1973.

Bollinger was born in Santa Rosa, California and raised there and in Baker, Oregon. He is married to artist Jean Magnano Bollinger, and they have two children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Ira Katznelson – Interim Provost

Ira Katznelson is Columbia University’s Interim Provost, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, and Deputy Director, Columbia World Projects. His 2013 Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time was awarded the Bancroft Prize in History and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award in Political Science. Other books include Southern Nation: Congress and White Supremacy After Reconstruction (2018; co-authored with David Bateman and John Lapinski), and Liberal Beginnings: A Republic for the Moderns (2008; co-authored with Andreas Kalyvas). Professor Katznelson, a fellow British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, is a former president both of the American Political Science Association and the Social Science Research Council. He earned his BA at Columbia College and his PhD in History at the University of Cambridge, where he served in 2017-2018 as Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions. Prior to his arrival at Columbia in 1994, where he also had been an assistant and associate professor, he had taught at the University of Chicago, where he served as chair of the Department of Political Science, and the New School for Social Research, where he was Dean of the Graduate Faculty.

Academic Programs and Faculty

The University offers an outstanding and comprehensive array of academic programs. These include three undergraduate schools, thirteen graduate and professional schools, a world-renowned medical center, four affiliated colleges and seminaries, twenty-five libraries, and more than one hundred research centers and institutes.

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The Student Body

Columbia by the Numbers

18% of Columbia students are the first generation in their families to go to college

4th largest international student population of any U.S. university

$55,691 the amount of grants and scholarships in the average Columbia financial aid package

$174 million awarded in financial aid grants

6,000 undergraduates; one of the most diverse student bodies in the country

95% of all undergraduates live on campus all four years; housing is guaranteed for all four years

500+clubs and organizations – the most interesting, rewarding, close-knit, and fun Columbia micro-communities

22 libraries

20+ residence halls

200+ study-abroad programs through the Office of Global Programs

≈50 foreign languages offered

200+ research institutes and centers, including a wide range of world-class laboratories

1000s of internships offered through the Center of Career Education

84% admit rate for MD/PhD programs

> $1 million awarded in spring 2019 for unpaid or low-paid internships, research and volunteer opportunities

55 National Science Foundation Scholarships won by undergraduates to attend graduate school since 2000

$1 billion in sponsored research projects each year in over 200 research centers and institutes

1,000+ active patents across the full spectrum of research areas

~400 research opportunities reserved for Columbia Engineering students through the Student Research Program

90+ Ivy League individual championships in the last five years

15 NCAA team championships

4,500 Columbia College undergraduates to call your friends, classmates and teammates

84 Nobel Prize winners are Columbia alumni, faculty, or former faculty. More Nobel Laureates have graduated from or taught at Columbia than any other University in the Ivy League

49% of incoming Columbia engineering students are women

150 faculty in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

59 members of the National Academy of Sciences

35,000+ Columbia Engineering alumni network

58 NCAA individual championships

60+ majors in the humanities and social sciences

12+ conservatory-caliber arts majors and programs

≈100 Programs of study, from Earth and Environmental Engineering to Creative Writing to Urban Studies

13 Graduate and Professional Schools

$17 million awarded in international financial aid for Columbia undergraduates this year

1,000+ restaurants in NYC

1,700 public parks and playgrounds across the city

150 museums and countless galleries across NYC

30+ museums accessible for free with a Columbia ID

40 Broadway theatres across NYC

100+ service and research partnerships across New York City

8 million people living in NYC, an amazing percentage of whom are experts, visionaries, and global leaders

100+ countries represented amongst undergraduates

17% of Columbia students receive Pell Grant funds

40+ religious/spiritual campus organizations

9 Supreme Court Justices attended Columbia

19 members of the National Academy of Engineering

50% undergraduates who major in science or engineering, creating an active community of inquiry of both faculty and students

45+ club sports

40+ intramural sports

45 Olympians

17,000 seats in the stadium at Baker Field, home to Columbia’s football, baseball, softball, rowing, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track and field teams

31 NCAA Division I sports

23 majors in all branches of the biological, natural, and physical sciences

16 engineering majors, all with faculty and students doing world-class research

3 to 1 student to faculty ratio in the physical sciences

9 academic departments in Columbia Engineering

1,500 Columbia Engineering undergraduates to call your friends, classmates and teammates

60+ social justice, service, and student-led initiatives, clubs, and organizations

First African American advocacy group on a multi-racial campus in the U.S.

First gay-rights advocacy group on any college campus

13 environmental and outdoor clubs

50% of Columbia students receive need-based financial aid

≈310,000 University alumni network

80%+ of undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students

90+ Pulitzer Prize winners

60,000+ undergraduate alumni

50%+ of Columbia students self-identify as students of color

6 to 1 student to faculty ratio

First university in the U.S. to award a PhD in chemistry to an African American woman

First university to have 1,000 international students (in 1953)

5 Founding Fathers of the United States attended Columbia

34 Presidents and Prime Ministers attended Columbia

Benefits Overview

Columbia University offers a wide variety of benefits for employees, including:

  • Medical plans
  • Dental and vision plans
  • Prescription drug plans
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Health savings account
  • Transit/parking reimbursement program
  • Disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long term care insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Tuition programs

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