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Dean Janow: A Legacy of Leadership

Columbia SIPA salutes Merit E. Janow for her accomplishments as our Dean from July 2013 to December 2021.

 

This website highlights a broad selection of Janow's work on behalf of the School and its community. She also looked back on her time at SIPA in a recent conversation with SIPA News. (Read the full interview.)

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Under Dean Janow’s leadership, SIPA has strengthened its faculty, created exciting new opportunities for students, pursued innovative research, and engaged with the world like never before. She established ambitious goals for the School and completed two capital campaigns totaling more than $300 million, setting SIPA on a path toward a bright future. Over eight-and-a-half years SIPA’s prominence among global public policy schools increased substantially. The School today is considered among the very best of its kind as a direct result of Dean Janow’s vision, dedication, and effort.

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Impact By the Numbers

#1

International Global Policy School by U.S. News & World Report (2019, 2020, 2021)

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capital campaigns completed, raising more than $300 million

4

new research centers launched, expanding knowledge

100%

increase in financial aid budget for master’s students

107

students and alumni named Presidential Management Fellows

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Under Merit’s skilled leadership, SIPA has established itself as the leading public policy school focused on global and international issues, advancing our understanding of the world and offering solutions to challenges it faces, and preparing the next generation to lead.

Lee C. Bollinger
PRESIDENT, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, AND SETH LOW PROFESSOR OF THE UNIVERSITY
 

Merit’s unique insights across the realms of government, international relations, and business have transformed SIPA at a pivotal moment. The faculty she has drawn to the school and the partnerships she has built give our students the intellectual tools to help solve complex global issues, from climate change to cybersecurity.

Mary C. Boyce
PROVOST, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
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