Lee C. Bollinger became Columbia University’s 19th president in 2002. Under his leadership, Columbia stands again at the very top rank of great research universities, distinguished by comprehensive academic excellence, an innovative and sustainable approach to global engagement, the institution’s most ambitious campus expansion in over a century, and what was, at the time, the largest capital campaign in Ivy League history.
Bollinger is Columbia’s first Seth Low Professor of the University, a member of the Law School faculty and one of the country’s foremost First Amendment scholars. He has written several books, including The Free Press Century, Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century;Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era; Images of a Free Press; and The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America. From 1996 to 2002, Bollinger was the President of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.