Columbia University has announced that its new president will be a woman of Egyptian origin, Nimat Shafiq, who will assume the position of university president in July this year.
This is the first time in the 268-year history of the university that a woman has been elected to the presidency.
60-year-old Nimat Shafiq was the president of the London School of Economics from 2017 till now. Earlier, he also served as the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.
The board of trustees of the university said in the letter that we have found the best candidate for the university.
According to the letter, Dr. Nimat Shafiq is an excellent and capable global leader and eminent economist who understands the issues of academia and beyond.
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, her family moved to America in the 1960s.
Dr. Nimat Shafiq attended schools in Florida, North Carolina and Georgia and graduated from the University of Massachusetts.
He received his Masters from the London School of Economics in 1986, and his PhD in Economics from Oxford University in 1989.
Dr. Nimat Shafiq has also served as Vice President of the World Bank and Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.