Welcome Message from the Secretary

Jerome Davis,
Secretary of the University

Established in 1895 and located in 211 Low Memorial Library, the Office of the Secretary has primary responsibility for facilitating the governance of the University.  The Office directly supports the work of the Board of Trustees, including the staffing of quarterly Board meetings, annual Board retreats, committee meetings, and orientation for new Trustees.  The Office also maintains a directory of Trustees and updates the University’s Charters and Statutes.

In addition, the Office oversees the process for selecting honorary degree recipients and the winners of the University Medal for Excellence. The Office of the Secretary also undertakes, from time to time, special projects on behalf of the president and the University Trustees.

Through this portal, further information can be found regarding the following subjects:

Academic Appointments

Blue Seal Letters

The Trustees and the Trustee Emeriti of the University

The University's Honors and Prizes Process and instructions on nominating candidates for University honors

Electronic access to the University's Charters and Statutes

Frequently Asked Questions

Please feel free to contact us via email at secretary@columbia.edu with any questions.