Hillary Clinton ‘bringing her capacities, experience, and wisdom to’ Columbia University, the school’s president says

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Columbia University has announced that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will serve as professor of practice with the School of International and Public Affairs and as presidential fellow with Columbia World Projects.

“It is, therefore, with great delight and pride that I make this announcement that Secretary Clinton will be bringing her capacities, experience, and wisdom to this institution. I expect us all to benefit immeasurably from working with her in the months and years ahead,” Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger noted in a message to the Columbia community.

“At SIPA, Secretary Clinton will work closely with Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo and other senior faculty and administrators on a variety of major initiatives, especially those focusing on global politics and policy and on supporting female leaders in those arenas. In her role at Columbia World Projects, Secretary Clinton will work with Executive Vice President for Columbia Global and CWP Director Wafaa El-Sadr and CWP Deputy Director Ira Katznelson to support programming related to renewing democracy and advancing efforts for effective engagement of women and youth in this country and around the world,” Bollinger noted.

Clinton, a Democrat who is the wife of former President Bill Clinton, served as secretary of state during a portion of President Barack Obama’s White House tenure. She had previously served as a U.S. senator from the state of New York. Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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“With the world in flux, SIPA is intensifying our efforts to engage the leading local, national, and global academics and practitioners in developing timely, cutting-edge, and practical policy proposals. To that end, Secretary Clinton will help lead a major new SIPA effort to convene the best policy minds from around the world for robust debate and collaboration aimed at developing innovative policy solutions,” Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs Keren Yarhi-Milo noted in a message to the SIPA community.

“In addition, Secretary Clinton will help us deliver on our mission to educate a new generation of principled policy leaders and generate innovative ideas grounded in research. Starting in the 2023–24 academic year, students will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from her in the classroom, benefiting from her unparalleled experience in foreign and domestic policy. With her arrival, our outstanding roster of faculty and students is taking another big leap forward,” Yarhi-Milo added.

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