AROUND THE QUADS
PRESIDENT GALIL: Zvi Galil, dean of the School
of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of computer science,
will leave Columbia at the end of the school year to become president
of Tel Aviv University, Israel’s largest university with 29,000
students. Galil, who has been at Columbia for 25 years and has
served as dean for more than a decade, graduated from Tel Aviv and
began his teaching career there in 1976.
“Tel Aviv University is more than my alma mater,” Galil
wrote in an e-mail to the SEAS student body. “My late father
was one of its six founders, I earned my B.S. and M.S. degrees there
and met my wife there. I was asked to take on the presidency to help
realize its full potential — being the premier university in
Israel and in the top tier of universities worldwide.”
NEW TRUSTEES: Kyriakos Tsakopoulos ’93
and Kenneth Forde ’59 P&S are the newest members of the University’s
Board of Trustees, having officially joined the board at its October
meeting. They succeeded retiring members George Van Amson ’74
and John Chalsty on the 24-member board.
Tsakopoulos, who majored in political science, is president of KT
Communities and a principal of AKT Development in California. He also
is a trustee of the California State University System. Forde, who
graduated from CCNY before coming to Columbia, served on the faculty
of the medical school as a professor of clinical surgery from 1966–2006.
ALUMNI OFFICE: Richard von Bargen Jr. joined
the alumni office in December as a development officer for young
alumni. In this role, he will assist with the office’s efforts
to foster participation in the life of the College by the newest alumni.
An alumnus of Williams College, von Bargen worked at the Williams Club
in New York City for more than three years, most recently as program
and marketing director.