Along with the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Hawaii, Columbia University was issued a Request for Proposal by the Barack Obama Foundation earlier today, placing us in the running for Obama’s Presidential Library.
Due on December 11, this requires that Columbia “submit a formal proposal that includes detail on the proposed management and organization of the project, site development plans, community partnerships, potential for academic collaboration, marketing and attraction strategy, and information about any financial and other commitments from the host or other partners.”
The Obamas will decide in early 2015 which site will get the presidential library.
Obama and Columbia go way back. He graduated (well, depending on who you talk to) from CC in 1983, and spoke at Barnard’s commencement in 2012, which caused a bit of a stir that we termed Obamanard. Typically, though, he has focused more on his connections to Hawaii and Chicago than his school years at Columbia. Our fingers are crossed, but our hopes aren’t high.