Schiller to Chair Board of Trustees

Spring 2014

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Columbia University recently announced that Jonathan D. Schiller ’73 will become chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. Schiller, a co-founder and managing partner of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, graduated from both Columbia College and Columbia Law School.

“Jonathan Schiller is deeply dedicated to Columbia and brings both great personal insight about the institution and admired professional experience to this important new role,” said University President Lee C. Bollinger ’71 when making the announcement.

Throughout the course of a 40-year career, Schiller, who specializes in complex litigation and international arbitration, has represented U.S. and international corporations in high-profile complex commercial disputes. During the past several years, he has won key victories for companies such as Goldman Sachs, Barclays, and Bank of New York Mellon.

“Jonathan is an extraordinarily talented lawyer, and he’s also deeply loyal to Columbia,” said Dean David M. Schizer.

As an undergraduate student, Schiller was a member of the Columbia men’s basketball team that won an Ivy League Championship in 1968. He was later inducted into the Columbia University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2006, Columbia College honored Schiller with its John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement. Six years later, he received the College’s highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Medal. Schiller has served as a trustee of the University since 2009, and he is also a member of the Columbia Law School Dean’s Council.

“I’m honored to take on this responsibility at an institution that has meant so much to me and my family,” said Schiller. “I know that in order to maintain Columbia’s impressive momentum, we cannot pause in our collective efforts to help this great University prepare for the future.”

Schiller will succeed former Board of Trustees Chairman William V. Campbell upon the latter’s retirement from the board. Until then, he will serve alongside Campbell as co-chair.

“The University is extremely fortunate to have a person of Jonathan’s talent and character to take on this leadership role,” Campbell said.

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