Message from the Chairman Allen M. Turner
It’s extremely important for us to raise money for scholarships for our students. In today’s economy, in today’s educational life, accessibility and affordability are the two things that colleges should be able to provide to students. But students need help. College is expensive. The best we can do is to offer scholarships to people who might otherwise not be able to go to college.
Last year was a great year for us. Not only did we open the Media Production Center, but we took enormous steps to start our campaign. A gift to Columbia is not just a gift of money to a program. It’s an investment in the future. Our kids are people who will make a difference, who we believe—because of passing through our halls—will effectively author the culture of their times.
We are recognized as one of the leading schools in so many disciplines. We have the largest movie school in the country, an extraordinary media arts program, a world-renowned—and perhaps best—photography program in the country.
I’m proud of the fact that Columbia is not only in the city, it’s of the city. We are an integral part of everything that goes on in the community, with schools, in theater, in music, in every aspect of our programming. And we have a student body that just wants to come here and wants to work hard.
We are a school that is unique. We blend the right and left brain. The interdisciplinary approach we have, the collaborative approach—I think it’s a special place. And I don’t think you’ll find that any place else in colleges today.