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New Deans
Six new deans have taken office in the past five years. Dozens of new faculty members have also joined the University.
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Carol Becker, School of the Arts, 2006
Carol Becker joined Columbia as dean of the School of the Arts in June 2007. “Carol brings not only a wealth of leadership experience but also an extraordinary dedication to fostering artistic creativity and enhancing the role of the arts, and the artist, in society,” said President Bollinger in announcing her appointment. “As a writer, a cultural critic, and an educator, she will help the arts excel at Columbia and in New York City.”

Becker came to Columbia after almost three decades at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she held the post of dean of faculty and senior vice-president for academic affairs since 1994. She received her PhD in literature at the University of California at San Diego.

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Lee Goldman, Columbia University Medical Center, 2006
In June 2006, Lee Goldman joined Columbia as executive vice president for Health and Biomedical Sciences and dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine. Goldman also holds dual appointments as professor of medicine in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health.

Goldman is recognized internationally as an expert in health outcomes research and public health. Prior to joining Columbia, he was professor and associate dean at the University of California in San Francisco School of Medicine and chaired the school’s highly ranked Department of Medicine, the leader in National Institutes of Health grants and contracts. Prior to joining UCSF in 1995, he was a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Mark Wigley, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, 2004
Mark Wigley, one of the foremost architectural theorists and critics of his generation, was named dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in July 2004.

Wigley has served as guest curator for exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Drawing Center, New York; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam. An accomplished scholar and design teacher, he has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture. Prior to joining Columbia in 2000 as director of advanced studios, Wigley taught from 1987 to 1999 at Princeton University, where he became director of graduate studies in architecture in 1997.

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David Schizer, Law School, 2004
David M. Schizer was named the fourteenth dean of the Law School in June 2004. Only thirty-five years old at the time, he was the youngest dean of the nation’s top law schools.

Schizer is known for his work on the influence of tax on corporate governance, which has provided government officials with theoretical and technical advice about the taxation of investments. Prior to joining the faculty of Columbia Law School in 1998, Schizer clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (LAW’59) and practiced in the tax department of Davis, Polk and Wardwell in New York.

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Glenn Hubbard, Graduate School of Business, 2004
R. Glenn Hubbard, former chair of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors, became dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business in July 2004. Professor Hubbard’s research in the areas of tax policy, monetary economics, international finance, and corporate finance has made him a leader in economic theory and application.

In addition to writing more than ninety scholarly articles on economics and finance, Hubbard is author of a leading textbook on money and financial markets, Money, the Financial System, and the Economy. The Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics, he joined Columbia in 1988. He is a faculty member in the finance and economics division of Columbia Business School and holds a joint appointment with the University’s economics department.

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Nicholas Lemann, Graduate School of Journalism, 2004
Nicholas Lemann became dean of the Graduate School of Journalism in September 2003, after working on a national task force convened by President Bollinger to look at the future of journalism education.

Lemann, author of five books, has been the Washington correspondent for The New Yorker since 2000. Before joining The New Yorker, Lemann spent fifteen years as the national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, where he reported on a wide range of domestic issues. Prior to that, he held senior editorial posts at both The Washington Monthly and Texas Monthly and was a member of the national staff of The Washington Post.

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