Yurij Pawluk Named Chief of Staff for Columbia University's School of Professional Studies

NEW YORK, NY (September 9, 2016) -- Dean Jason Wingard announced today the appointment of Yurij Pawluk as Chief of Staff for the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. In this role, Pawluk will serve as the Dean’s deputy, managing the coordination and oversight of the full portfolio of academic and operational programs and initiatives at the School. He will also be responsible for advising the executive strategy, cascading key priorities throughout the leadership team, and facilitating communication to enable successful implementation.

“Yurij has an impressive background in strategic planning, communications, and project management across a variety of sectors,” Wingard said. “I am thrilled to have someone of his caliber and experience join as both a key partner in my office as well as an important member of our executive leadership team. I look forward to working closely with Yurij to continue building on the strong momentum of the School.”

Pawluk joins the School of Professional Studies with more than 15 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he was Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice President at Wellesley College, where he served as the President’s deputy and principal advisor as well as led strategic planning, internal communications, and government relations. Before Wellesley, he advanced citywide special education reform efforts at the New York City Department of Education. Previously, at New York’s City Hall, he served as a mayoral advisor on social policy issues; launched a human services data analytics center; and managed the city’s efforts to secure temporary housing for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Earlier in his career, he practiced transactional law at a large international law firm in New York, and held several positions in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Pawluk received a B.S. from Cornell University and a law degree from Columbia Law School. He is a director of the Cornell Human Ecology Alumni Association and, until recently, served as a board member of the Friday Night Supper Program in Boston.

Columbia’s School of Professional Studies currently offers fourteen master's degrees, a comprehensive portfolio of pre-professional, post baccalaureate, and life-long learning programs, and interdisciplinary research centers. By offering market-leading degree programs across disciplines, such as, Actuarial Science, Applied Analytics, Bioethics, Sports Management, and Sustainability Management, the School is uniquely positioned to meet the diverse professional education needs of top recent graduates, successful mid-career professionals, and accomplished executives.

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Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.


CU SPS Director, Public Relations/Amanda Vogel