George Rupp became the eighteenth President of Columbia University on July 1, 1993. 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. 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. Dr. Rupp is the author of four books, including Beyond Existentialism and Zen: Religion in a Pluralistic World and Commitment and Community.