New Search Committee to Select Permanent Dean

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It looks like Columbia will no longer be exclusively serving Deantinis—at least until April 15. PrezBo sent out an e-mail about an hour ago announcing the formation of a committee to select the next Dean of Columbia College. As Deantini is currently the Interim Dean, he will almost definitely be in the running. PrezBo has “limit[ed] the search to internal candidates” (which might be an indicator that Deantini will in fact continue to roar), and nominations are welcome at [email protected]. The committee, listed below, will consist of administrators, alumni, professors (including Christina Christia Mercer), and two CC juniors. They will submit their recommendations to Provost John Coatsworth, Executive Vice President Nick Dirks, and PrezBo, who will then make the final decision.

Dear Fellow Members of the Columbia Community:

I am writing to announce the formation of a search committee to help in identifying the next dean of Columbia College.  I have asked the committee to limit the search to internal candidates.  We welcome all nominations.  Please submit letters [email protected] later than April 15th.  Following the usual practice, the search committee will conduct interviews of a select number of candidates and then submit their recommendations to me, hopefully in time to complete the process by the close of the academic year.  I will then work closely with Provost John Coatsworth and Executive Vice President Nick Dirks to select the best qualified of these candidates to serve as dean of the College.

The members of the committee include (I am awaiting confirmation of two additional faculty members): Bob O’Meally, Cathy Popkin, Tom DiPrete, Ruth DeFries, Stuart Firestein, Christia Mercer, Kyra Barry (CC87), Yale Fergang (CC87 EN88), J.T. Ramseur (CC13), and Mary Kircher (CC13).  I am grateful to each of them for agreeing to take on this assignment.


Lee C. Bollinger

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  1. Um, no.

    Deantini could very well be given the permanent job. In fact, if anything, Prezbo's signaling (by virtue of the internal candidates comment) that he is and will.

  2. I vote Glen Coco  

    You go Glen Coco!

  3. SEAS undergrad  

    Can I nominate myself?

  4. Henry Rollins

    we need some authority

  5. Anonymous

    Dean Christia Mercer!

  6. Alum

    "including Christina Mercer"

    Typo alert. Prof. Mercer's first name is Christia.

  7. Anonymous

    Feniosky Pena-mora to be Dean of CC

  8. Anonymous  

    How did the two junior's get chosen?

  9. Anonymous

    please nominate Barnard President as the new Dean for Columbia College
    It is important to have some one who has very good academic standing to fill the position. For Valentini, I don't see if he is very strong

  10. Anonymous  

    Time to submit a very strong recommendation for one Lenny Kravitz....

  11. Anonymous  

    Please tell me you're being facetious (to the anonymous reader before last)! Have you seen Dr. Valentini's creds? He was chair of the Chemistry Department. And not just any: the COLUMBIA Chemistry Department! The guy's brilliant!

    But in addition, he's in touch with the needs of the students. He has taught and mentored students within the College for over two decades. Almost as long as I've been alive. And look at the awe-inspiring leadership he has demonstrated within such a short period. He has the garnered the kind of admiration and respect among the student body which required years for previous Deans to earn. If anyone is best suited to address the concerns of students and lead our school forward, it's Dean Valentini. Without reservation, I nominate him. Enough said.


    Does anyone know if we can simply nominate someone in one sentence or do we need to send an actual letter with explanations?


    (Bwog, you can answer too!)

  13. Anonymous

    I nominate Carlos Montes-Galdon

  14. unemployed '11

    does this position come with health insurance? i would like to nominate myself.

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