AROUND THE QUADS
LEADER: Susan Levin Birnbaum is the new director of the
Columbia College Fund, succeeding Abigail Franklin, who has
taken the position of senior development officer in the Office of
University Development and Alumni Relations. She is responsible for
securing major gifts from College alumni in support of College
priorities as set forth by the dean.
Birnbaum came to Columbia in November from the UJA-Federation,
where she was director of the Special and Capital Gifts unit.
Birnbaum has extensive experience in all areas of fund raising and
management, having raised gifts for the UJA-Federation's annual and
endowment funds, planned and implemented campaigns and projects,
and developed community contacts.
Under Franklin's tenure at the College Fund, which began in
April 1998, unrestricted annual giving increased from $6.0 million
(FY 1997-98) to $8.1 million (FY 2000-01). In her new role,
Franklin is responsible for securing major gifts from alumni for
the Arts and Sciences construct, which serves the College, General
Studies, the School of the Arts, GSAS and SIPA.
Dave Kansas '90, former editor in chief of TheStreet.com, has been named a
deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online.
Kansas will be responsible for directing and expanding the
Online Journal's coverage of money, investing and personal
finance. Kansas was editor in chief of TheStreet.com from April
1997 to June 2001. Before that, he worked for The Wall Street
Journal for five years, and briefly was a sports writer for
New York Newsday.