George Rupp became
the eighteenth President of Columbia
University on July 1, 1993.
At Columbia, Dr. Rupp
completed a financial restructuring, with the result that each of
the annual budgets he has submitted has been in balance. Under his
leadership the University has also achieved record fundraising each
year. Along with reestablishing this solid financial base, Dr. Rupp
has focused on enhancing undergraduate education, on strengthening
the relationship of the campus to surrounding communities and New
York City as a whole, and on increasing the international orientation
of the University.
Dr. Rupp is a native
of New Jersey. He has studied and conducted research for extended
periods in both Europe and Asia. He was awarded the A.B. from
Princeton, the B.D. from Yale, the Ph.D. from Harvard, and the honorary
Doctor of Letters from Columbia.
Dr. Rupp came to Columbia
from the presidency of Rice University. At Rice, he launched a reform
of the undergraduate curriculum and developed six multi-disciplinary
research institutes. During the eight years of his presidency
applications for admission almost tripled, federal research support
more than doubled, and the value of the Rice endowment increased
by more than $500 million to 1.25 billion.
Before going to Rice,
Dr. Rupp was the John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity and dean
of the Harvard Divinity School. Under his leadership, the
School's curriculum was revised to address more directly the pluralistic
character of contemporary religious life. Further developments
included new programs in women's studies and religion, Jewish-Christian
relations, and religion and medicine.
Dr. Rupp is the author
of four books, including Beyond Existentialism and Zen: Religion
in a Pluralistic World and Commitment and Community.
The parents of two adult
daughters, Dr. Rupp and his wife, Nancy, live in the President's
House on the Columbia campus.