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Columbia UniversityThe President's Report 2002-2007
Administrative Restructuring
Columbia University is the seventh largest nongovernmental employer in the City of New York. Like many such major research universities, it is an institution whose diverse schools and centers have historically operated with a high level of independence. This is a source of intellectual strength, but also of managerial challenge in an era that rightly demands fiscal accountability, effective institutional leadership, and an increasing commitment to collaborative, interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Distinguished historian Alan Brinkley was appointed provost in 2003. An eminent scholar of twentieth-century United States history who has also followed Columbia’s long tradition of public intellectuals by frequently writing for non-academic audiences, he served as chair of the Department of History from 2000 to 2003.

Recognizing that the administrative challenges of research funding and management are faced by departments throughout the University, President Bollinger named eminent microbiologist David Hirsh to the position of executive vice president for research in 2003 to oversee many issues involving research, especially in the sciences and social sciences. These include matters of compliance, facilitating external funding opportunities, and helping establish University-level policies with respect to research.

Senior Executive Vice President Robert Kasdin assumed command of University finances in July 2003 and instituted a number of changes in management and technology to maximize the use of Columbia’s growing fiscal resources. The position of University Treasurer was also created.

Columbia long lagged behind peers in building strong, enduring relationships with its vast and diverse alumni. Since the appointment of Susan Feagin to the newly created post of executive vice president for University Development and Alumni Relations in 2003, Columbia has reestablished the organizational structures needed to build loyalty, camaraderie, and support among its alumni.

The Arts and Sciences remain at the core of Columbia’s intellectual mission, including undergraduate education and PhD programs. Nicholas Dirks, chair of the Department of Anthropology, became vice president of Arts & Sciences in September 2004.

Human Resources
The University’s mission is carried out by some 14,000 faculty and full-time staff members, each with unique skills, professional experiences, and personal responsibilities in their lives. In order to attract and retain the most talented people, it is essential to ensure that Columbia provides a productive, supportive, and fulfilling workplace for both academic and administrative endeavors. In recent years, the University’s Human Resources division has met this challenge through a range of new efforts, including the establishment of an Office of Work-Life Balance, improvements in online self-service functions for employment tasks, a new customer service line for benefits information, and the introduction of financial planning services for staff and retirees.

Trustee Chair William V. Campbell
Ultimate governance responsibility for the University lies in the hands of its dedicated twenty-four-member Board of Trustees. The trustees select the president, oversee faculty and senior administrative appointments, monitor the budget, supervise the endowment, and protect University property.

William V. Campbell (CC’62, TC’64) has served as chair since 2005.

From 1994 to 2000, Campbell served as president and chief executive officer of Intuit and previously served as president and chief executive officer of GO Corp. He also was founder, president, and chief executive officer of Claris Corp. Prior to starting Claris, he was executive vice-president of Apple Computer. In 1983, he joined Apple from Kodak, where he was general manager of consumer products for Kodak Europe. Before that, Campbell was vice president at J. Walter Thompson in New York.

A former Columbia head football coach, Campbell has been the recipient of Columbia College’s prestigious Alexander Hamilton Medal (2000) and John Jay Award (1991), and he is currently a director of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame and serves on the board of directors of Apple Inc.

Reorganizing for Greater Efficiency
Columbia has undertaken a major reorganization of its facilities and technology systems to eliminate redundancy and increase efficiency.

  • Seven previously independent facilities teams were reduced to two, allowing Columbia to institute an integrated supplier contract, producing significant savings.

  • Two separate technology units, CUIT and ACIS, were merged.

  • Accounts Payable and Purchasing were consolidated into an integrated organization with one customer service center.

  • Facilities help desks and telephone service centers were consolidated.

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