Arnold Collery

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Arnold Collery

Arnold Collery was Dean of Columbia College from 1978 to 1982. His legacy was marked by the effort to prepare the college for co-education and to build East Campus.

Collery's main effort in paving the way for co-education was the creation of the Breslow Committee, chaired by chem prof Ronald Breslow, which provided crucial evidence that it was urgent the college adopt the policy to become more selective, and that such a plan would not hurt Barnard.[1]

Collery earned his PhD from Princeton and taught at Amherst for 24 years before coming to Columbia. Following his deanship, Collery served as head of the Economics Department - until his death in 1989.

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Preceded by
Peter Pouncey
Dean of Columbia College 
Succeeded by
Robert Pollack