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President of Columbia University
President of Columbia University of Columbia University
Lee Bollinger - Daniella Zalcman.jpg
Lee Bollinger

since June 1, 2002 (2002-06-01)
AppointerTrustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
First holderSamuel Johnson

The president of Columbia University is the chief officer of Columbia University in New York City. The current president is Lee Bollinger, whose tenure began in 2002.

Powers and duties

As established by Columbia University's governing statutes, it is the duty of the president to exercise jurisdiction over all affairs of the university; to call special meetings of the University Senate, faculties, and administration; to report to the Trustees of Columbia on the state and needs of the university annually; and to administer discipline.[1]

The consent of the president is necessary for act of made by a faculty or administrative board, unless their veto is overridden by two-thirds vote. Additionally, the president is able to grant leaves of absences, give faculty permission to use university laboratories for experiments, and confer academic and honorary degrees on behalf of the board of trustees.[1]

The president is ex officio a permanent member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and has annually presented the awards to its recipients since 1984.[2]

List of presidents

# Image President Birth Year-Death Year Years as President Notes
1 Johnson2.JPG Samuel Johnson[3] 1696-1772 1754-1763
2 MCooper.gif Myles Cooper[3] 1735-1785 1763-1775
- BishopBenjMoore.PNG Benjamin Moore, B.A. 1768[3] 1748-1816 1775-1776 acting
- George Clinton by Ezra Ames.jpg George Clinton[4] 1739-1812 1784-1787 Chancellor (Regents government); 1st Governor of New York and later 4th Vice President of the United States
3 William Samuel Johnson (portrait by Gilbert Stuart).jpg William Samuel Johnson[3] 1727-1819 1787-1800 signed the Constitution of the United States; served as United States Senator from Connecticut
4 Charles Wharton.jpg Charles Henry Wharton[3] 1748-1833 1801-1801
5 BishopBenjMoore.PNG Benjamin Moore, B.A. 1768[3] 1748-1816 1801-1810
6 William Harris Columbia.jpg William Harris[3] 1765-1829 1811-1829 shared authority with Provost John Mitchell Mason until 1816
7 William Alexander Duer.jpg William Alexander Duer[3] 1780-1858 1829-1842
8 Nathaniel Fish Moore 1860.jpg Nathaniel Fish Moore, B.A. 1802[3] 1782-1872 1842-1849
9 Charles King (academic, 1789-1867).jpg Charles King[3] 1789-1867 1849-1863 presided over move to Madison Avenue campus
10 Frederick A.P. Barnard cph.3a00878.jpg Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard[3] 1809-1889 1864-1888
- Henry Drisler.jpg Henry Drisler, B.A. 1839[5] 1818-1897 1867, 1888-1889 acting
11 SethLow.jpg Seth Low, B.A. 1870[3] 1850-1916 1890-1901 presided over move to Morningside Heights campus
- John Howard Van Amringe.jpg John Howard Van Amringe, B.A. 1860, M.A. 1863[6] 1836-1915 1899 acting
12 Portrait of Nicholas Murray Butler.jpg Nicholas Murray Butler, B.A. 1882, M.A. 1883, Ph.D. 1884[3] 1862-1947 1902-1945 Nobel Peace Prize laureate
- No image.svg Frank D. Fackenthal, B.A. 1906[3] 1883-1968 1945-1948 acting
13 Dwight D. Eisenhower, official photo portrait, May 29, 1959.jpg Dwight D. Eisenhower[3] 1890-1969 1948-1953 on leave while Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, later 34th President of the United States
14 Grayson Kirk cropped.jpg Grayson L. Kirk[3] 1903-1997 1953-1968 resigned after 1968 protests
15 Andrew W Cordier cropped.jpg Andrew W. Cordier[3] 1901-1975 1969-1970
16 No image.svg William J. McGill[3] 1922-1997 1970-1980
17 No image.svg Michael I. Sovern, B.A. 1953, J.D. 1955[3] 1931-2020 1980-1993
18 No image.svg George Erik Rupp[3] born 1942 1993-2002
19 Lee Bollinger - Daniella Zalcman.jpg Lee C. Bollinger, J.D. 1971[3] born 1947 2002- presided over construction of Manhattanville campus


  1. ^ a b "Charters and Statutes" (PDF). June 2013. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ Topping, Seymour. "Administration of the Prizes". Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Columbia University President Profiles | Columbia University Libraries". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Founders Online: From Alexander Hamilton to George Clinton, [26 November 1784-1 ...". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Columbia's Deans". Columbia Daily Spectator. January 25, 1916. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ University, Columbia (1904). A History of Columbia University, 1754-1904. Columbia University Press, The Macmillan Company, agents.

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