Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Peter de Menocal named Dean of Science in Arts and Sciences

We are delighted to announce that Peter de Menocal, the Thomas Alva Edison/Con Edison Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Climate and Life, has accepted the appointment as Arts & Sciences’ new Dean of Science.
Peter joins Sharon Marcus, Dean of Humanities, and Alondra Nelson, Dean of Social Sciences, as a divisional dean and leader within A&S. The divisional dean structure was established in 2011 to help give voice to the faculty across A&S and plays an integral role in our governance, planning and decision-making processes. He will work closely with the Executive Committee on all matters related to the Arts and Sciences, as well as with the other academic deans and units across the university, while assuming special responsibility for the nine departments that constitute the Division of Science.  
The exceptional success Peter has demonstrated as a teacher, scientist, department chair, and center director have prepared him well for taking on these new responsibilities. We are enthusiastic that he will be bringing his skills and experience to benefit the sciences and advance the goals we collectively laid out in the Science Initiative’s strategic plan.
As Peter settles into his new position, he will be reaching out to learn more about your departments, the outstanding work you are accomplishing, and the opportunities and challenges we face moving forward. Peter’s position is effective immediately – please join us in welcoming and congratulating Dean de Menocal as he takes on his new role.