Jonathan R. Cole

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Jonathan Cole

Jonathan R. Cole CC '64 PhD '69 is a professor in the Sociology Department and a former Provost.


He received his BA in History before obtaining his PhD in Sociology with honors. From 1961 to 1964 he was on the varsity baseball team.


He served as Director of the Center for the Social Sciences from 1979 to 1987, Vice President for Arts and Sciences from 1987 to 1989, and Provost from 1987 to 2003.

He is officially John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost Emeritus of the University and Dean Emeritus of Faculties, and has an office in Jerome Greene Hall.


He has been implicated in various acts of skullduggery, including the firing of Jack Greenberg from the office of Dean of Columbia College, the attempted firing of Austin Quigley, and the failure to inform Lee C. Bollinger about John Reeves's expectation of receiving space on the new Northwest Science Building, etc. He was also involved with the spectacularly unsuccessful Fathom Knowledge Network.

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Preceded by
Fritz Stern
Provost (Arts and Sciences) 
Succeeded by
Alan Brinkley