Columbia University School of Professional Studies Appoints Inaugural Board of Overseers

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Columbia University School of Professional Studies Appoints Inaugural Board of Overseers

High-Powered Board of Industry Executives to Support and Advise SPS Leadership

New York, NY — January 22, 2018 — Columbia University School of Professional Studies (SPS) today announced the appointment of its inaugural Board of Overseers. The Board brings together top industry executives to support and advise the SPS leadership team.

As SPS continues to enhance its innovative educational offerings, the Board of Overseers will be instrumental in providing advisory counsel and support to the School’s administration and faculty. This includes serving as ambassadors and advocates of the School, cultivating relationships and partnership opportunities, providing leadership-level support for priority initiatives and campaigns, and facilitating career and networking opportunities for SPS students, among other priorities.

“I am honored to partner with an esteemed group of individuals who collectively represent an impressive range of professional and personal accomplishments,” said Dr. Jason Wingard, Dean of Columbia’s School of Professional Studies. “Our inaugural board members bring a wealth of experience in a variety of fields—including business, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship—that is invaluable to a graduate school focused on equipping students with the skills necessary to satisfy current industry needs.”

SPS offers a best-in-class, industry-driven experience for students across the learning continuum—from pre-collegiate to graduate to post-retirement. The School features a range of academically intensive degree and non-degree programs representing a cross-section of competitive disciplines.

The inaugural Board of Overseers includes ten members:

Umran Beba
Global Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer and SVP, Talent Management
PepsiCo, Inc.

Stephanie Bell-Rose
Senior Managing Director and Head
TIAA Institute

Don Duet
President and COO
Former Partner, Technology Division
Goldman Sachs

Randall Lane
Chief Content Officer
Forbes Media

David Levin
Former President and CEO
McGraw-Hill Education

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo
President and CEO
Celebrity Cruises, Inc.

Jorge Rodriguez ’17 Technology Management
President and CEO
Telmex USA and Telvista Inc.

Mike Ulica
Executive Vice President, Chief Operations and Financial Officer
National Geographic Society

Troy Vincent
Executive Vice President of Football Operations

Ram Vittal
Managing Director and Global Head – Treasury Services Solution and Execution
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.


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