#5865 Overall Influence

Lee Bollinger

American lawyer and educator


Why is this person notable and influential?

Lee Bollinger is Columbia University’s 19th president. He earned a B.S. in political science at the University of Oregon and his J.D. from Columbia University’s Law School. He is most noted for his scholarship regarding First Amendment and free speech issues, as well as being a defendant in two major U.S. Supreme Court cases involving affirmative action in higher education admissions.

He has spent much of his career in higher education administration, with positions at the helm of the University of Michigan Law School, Dartmouth College, and Columbia University. He is among the highest paid college presidents in the United States, with a compensation of over $4 million annually. In those roles, he has been, at times, criticized for an excess of international travel, advocating for expansion of campus assets by way of eminent domain seizures in the surrounding neighborhoods, and for defending the free speech of controversial figures such as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Bollinger served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank from 2006 to 2009, and its Chair from 2010-2011. He is the author of such books as The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America and Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century.

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Lee Carroll Bollinger is an American lawyer and educator who is serving as the 19th and current President of Columbia University, where he is also the Seth Low Professor of the University and a faculty member of Columbia Law School. Formerly the president of the University of Michigan, he is a noted legal scholar of the First Amendment and freedom of speech. He was at the center of two notable United States Supreme Court cases regarding the use of affirmative action in admissions processes. In July 2010, Bollinger was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York board of directors for 2011. Previously, he had served as deputy chair. In 2004, he was elected to the American Philosophical Society.

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Columbia University

Private Ivy League research university in New York City

Dartmouth College

University and liberal arts college in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States

University of Michigan

Public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

University of Oregon

Public research university in Eugene, Oregon, USA

Coastal Carolina University

Public, state-supported, liberal arts university in Conway, South Carolina, United States

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