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Columbia University Names George Rupp as New President

first_imgShare Contact: Michael Berryhill Phone: (713) 527-4943 Columbia University Names George Rupp as New President Rice University president George Rupp was named president of Columbia University, Columbia officials announcedMonday in New York. Rupp, 50, will be Columbia’s 18th president, replacing Michael I. Sovern, who announced last summer he was stepping down from thepost for personal reasons. Rupp announced in November he would leave Rice at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. His decision to leave the university was designed “to allow an immediate search for my successor,” he said atthe time. In response to Columbia’s announcement, Charles Duncan, chairman of Rice’s board of governors, issued a statement saying:”President Rupp’s administration has left an indelible stamp onthe university. The number and the quality of faculty haveincreased. The students, who are applying in increasing numbers, arebetter than ever. Rice has added two major buildings, one for musicand one for bioscience and bioengineering, and both have beennationally recognized for their excellence. These improvements andmany others were achieved during the administration of PresidentRupp.”This momentum built is not going to be lost. The board will continue to work with all members of the university community during the next several months while Rice looks for a new president. The search to find a successor for George Rupp is proceeding smoothly under the direction of [board of governors member] Kent Anderson and the search committee comprised of members of the board of governors, alumni, students, faculty and staff.” Rice Provost Neal Lane praised Rupp’s tenure in office.”George Rupp has, by any measure, been a truly outstandingpresident,” Lane said. “By providing strong intellectual leadership,enhancing the quality of the faculty, staff, students and programs,strengthening interdisciplinary education and research, improvingteaching and research facilities and emphasizing outreach, he hasmade this excellent university even better.”The faculty, staff and students greatly appreciate what President Rupp has done for Rice, and, I know, wish him well in his new challenge.” Columbia’s 238-year-old campus is located in New York City. The school has 2,300 full-time faculty members and 19,900 students. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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