Dear NAASS Colleagues,
It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that I write to announce my departure from Columbia University. A recent change in University practice regarding senior officers working remotely means that my position is one of more than a dozen being relocated to the New York area. As many of you know, my wife and I remain committed to living in the Bay Area for family reasons. As such, Columbia and I have agreed to part ways amicably at the end of September. While I am disappointed to be leaving the strong global team of colleagues and the new unit and programs we helped create during my time with the University, I am also grateful to Columbia for their support and enthusiasm for our work together over the past two years. In our time together, we have not only affected significant new program development, but brought about another large jump in growth while tightening academic standards and greatly expanding financial access to programs in my broad portfolio—including increasing financial aid across the programs by 1500% in two years. We also took critical steps to enhance Columbia’s global footprint within International Education and initial steps to place the University at the forefront of educational access for what we hope will be years to come, including designing a Center for Educational Access and substantial expansions in the University’s Girls in STEM and Women in Leadership initiatives.
For my part, I now turn to the next adventure. Beginning October 1, I return to my prior life of consulting for universities and philanthropic organizations internationally on a range of topics related to educational and philanthropic innovation for broad social impact.
Finally, let me say what a pleasure it has been to be part of NAASS for these many years. As many of you know, I have had the privilege of having Summer, Pre-College, and International Education programs as part of my larger portfolios for more than two decades, helping steer some of the most exciting and innovative programs in those fields at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and Brown. During this time, I have learned a great deal from so many of you, and have appreciated both your generosity and collegiality—in addition to your friendship outside the profession, in so many cases as well. Please continue to share this spirit with my replacement, as I know you will.
Do stay in touch. My personal email and phone will remain email@example.com and +1 617.413.6707, and I can always be reached through my Harvard Scholars public profile as well. If I can ever be helpful to you or your teams, as a sounding board or otherwise, don’t hesitate to reach out. I remain at your service and that of the profession wherever I can be useful.
In deep gratitude for all you have done for me, the profession, and our students,
John Robichaux | Executive Director
Summer Sessions, Inter-Term, and Pre-College Programs
Certificates, Educational Partnerships, Executive Education,
Visiting Student-, Post-Baccalaureate-, and Lifelong Learning Programs
Columbia University, School of Professional Studies
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