The following is the text of an email sent to the faculty of the School of Social Work by the Office of the President, November 2, 2016.

Dear Faculty of the Columbia University School of Social Work:

I write to announce that Irv Garfinkel, Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems in the Faculty of Social Work and Co-founding Director of the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC), has agreed to serve as Interim Dean, beginning January 1, 2017.

Irv’s many contributions to the School of Social Work put him in a unique position to help lead it through this period of transition. Irv joined the School as a Professor in 1991 following two decades at the University of Wisconsin. He arrived at Columbia as an accomplished scholar whose seminal research on child support and welfare policy influenced legislation increasing the economic security of single mothers and their children, here in the United States and internationally. In the twenty-five years since, Irv has continued to make extraordinary contributions to the body of research on poverty, child support, single parent families, and the welfare state. And, since 2007, his leadership of the CPRC has meaningfully advanced its mission—promoting the well-being of vulnerable populations across the world.

As I shared in August, Jeanette Takamura will conclude her term as dean in December of this year and we will have many opportunities to thank her for all she has helped the School accomplish. I am grateful that Irv, who is steadfastly committed to the continued success of the School and its students and faculty, has agreed to serve as Interim Dean while the national search for a new dean continues.


Lee C. Bollinger

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Announcement Regarding Jeanette Takamura, Dean of the School of Social Work

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