The American Assembly’s Next President

The American Assembly is undertaking a search to identify its next president. The search is ongoing and commenced following the announcement that current president David Mortimer will step down after serving The Assembly for forty-five years.

Since 1950, the year of its founding by Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Assembly has touched upon the most salient policy issues facing the country. Mr. Eisenhower served as the thirteenth president of Columbia University when he founded The Assembly. Deeply concerned about the social, economic, and political quandaries of the post-war period, Mr. Eisenhower sought to create a place and a process that would bring together the nation’s brightest minds to address difficult issues and identify effective solutions. He envisioned it as an experiment in democratic citizenship—one that would address key challenges facing the United States and address issues of national importance through the reconciliation of divergent views and interests.

The Assembly is committed to finding a proven leader who embraces Dwight D. Eisenhower’s mandate and The Assembly’s mission to illuminate issues of national policy. Serving as President of The American Assembly is a unique opportunity and platform from which to influence public policy and research. The President of The Assembly is responsible for stewarding programs and partnerships, and for advancing The Assembly’s platform as a convener and influencer. The successful candidate will have passion for all The Assembly represents and will foster an environment that exemplifies the institution’s core values of non-partisan dialogue, research, and convening.


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer—Race/Gender/Disability/Veterans. It is committed to a workforce of faculty and staff that reflects the diversity and talent of New York City, the larger metropolitan area, and the nation. We actively seek a diverse candidate pool and encourage qualified candidates to apply. To apply or nominate an individual for this position, please send an email to; applicants also should include a resume and cover letter.

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