Andrew Cordier

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Andrew Cordier, left, with his successor, William McGill in 209 Butler Library

Andrew W. Cordier was brought in from a position at the UN to serve as an acting president in the wake of the 1968 protests and Grayson Kirk's departure. In a way, the conflict management experience from the UN proved essential, as Cordier's primary task was to cool things down at the University. He simply out-listened angry demonstrators at every turn with seemingly endless patience. Once the tide receded and the Trustees found a permanent solution for the Presidency, Cordier's job was at an end. As a gesture of appreciation for Cordier's efforts, the trustees retroactively made Cordier's appointment official, making him Columbia's 15th president.

Preceded by
Grayson Kirk
President of Columbia University 
Succeeded by
William J. McGill