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Columbia College appoints new Dean of Academic Planning and Administration

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Columbia College Dean James J. Valentini has appointed Lisa Hollibaugh GSAS’05 as Dean of Academic Planning and Administration, effective July 1.

Hollibaugh comes to the College from Barnard, where she has served as Dean for International and Global Strategy in the Office of the Provost since June 2014. In this role, she has worked closely with the Barnard President, Provost and faculty on their global initiatives, international projects, and curricular development, and she has organized a variety of programs designed to enhance the global experiences of Barnard students and faculty. She has also been involved in efforts relating to the general education of undergraduates at Barnard, including the first-year curriculum and the global nature of course offerings.

As Dean of Academic Planning and Administration, Hollibaugh will oversee the College academic administration and Core Curriculum, as well as the James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising, working to strengthen the relationship between curricular planning and policies and student advising and the connections between advisers and faculty.

“We are thrilled that Lisa Hollibaugh will be joining the College as Dean of Academic Planning and Administration,” said James J. Valentini, dean of Columbia College and vice president for Undergraduate Education. “Lisa has 15 years of experience as an instructor, adviser and administrator within the Columbia community, and is committed to providing faculty and students with the support and resources they need to have the greatest undergraduate experience. We are looking forward to welcoming her to Hamilton this summer.”

Hollibaugh previously served for seven years as Barnard’s First-Year Class Dean in the Office of the Dean of Studies, and she has has taught both Literature Humanities and Logic and Rhetoric in the Columbia College Core Curriculum. She received her B.A. in English and Music from Rice University, her M.A. in Theatre Arts from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

“I am delighted to join Columbia College, to work closely with Dean Valentini, and to collaborate with the faculty and advisers who are so critical to the undergraduate experience at Columbia. I am also excited to support the Core Curriculum, which has not only provided an academic framework for generations of Columbia students but which also shaped my own intellectual journey through teaching in the Core.” Hollibaugh said. “For many years I have been fortunate to work with remarkable colleagues and students at Barnard College, and I look forward to building such fulfilling relationships with students, faculty, and administrators at Columbia College and to becoming part of their vibrant intellectual community.”

Hollibaugh was chosen after a search process that involved Columbia College students, faculty and staff. She starts this new role as Kathryn B. Yatrakis, dean of Academic Affairs, is stepping down from her position after more than 26 years at Columbia College. 

I was very excited to hear about the appointment of Dean Hollibaugh as the new Dean of Academic Planning and Administration, said Janet Chen CC17, a student representative on the Committee on Instruction. In the search process, she stood out as someone who could really make a difference in enhancing the culture of the College. It was obvious that she cares deeply about the undergraduate experience at Columbia, and she is very invested in working directly with students. I know that she will be a great partner to the student body and help us facilitate ever stronger relationships between students and faculty.