President, Columbia University
Lee Bollinger is the nineteenth President of Columbia University. A lawyer and expert on free speech and first amendment issues, he is also on the faculty of Columbia Law School. He is a graduate from the University of Oregon and Columbia Law School, and was the President of Michigan University before returning to Columbia in 2002.
At Columbia, Bollinger has launched a number of new initiatives, including the World Leaders Forum, the Faculty Committee on Global Thought, and the Columbia Arts Initiative. He is a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a Director of the Washington Post Company, a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company of Great Britain, and a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. A strong proponent of affirmative action and the defendant in two Supreme Court cases that, in 2003, served to clarify and uphold affirmative action in higher education. For his efforts on this front, Bollinger received the National Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice, and the National Equal Justice Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.