The CAA Challenge
We are challenging every alumnus and alumna to do something new-go to an event, contact your roommate, send in a story, forward a magazine article. Do one Columbia thing you haven't done before, find out what the alumni experience can mean to you, and tell us your CAA story at CAAfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Get inspired: watch the video Explore. Inspire. Challenge. or other vignettes from A Year in the Life of the CAA.
Meet the 2013 Alumni Medalists
Meet the recipients of the 2013 Alumni Medal, the highest award bestowed by the Columbia Alumni Association in recognition of distinguished service and commitment to the University. Read the 2013 Alumni Medalist biographies.
CAA Board 2012-2013
The CAA Board is the governing body of the University-wide Columbia Alumni Association (CAA); all alumni are officially members of the CAA. The CAA Board seeks to keep alumni connected to and with the University at large and also the constituent Schools. A number of trustees serve on the board, with the current chair being George Van Amson '74CC, University Trustee Emeritus. At the present time there is representation from each of the Schools serving on the Board. There are term limits and a rotation process to guarantee a good cross section of alumni leaders at all times. Meet the CAA Board
CAA 2017 Strategic Plan - The Future of the CAA
In 2012, President Bollinger convened a Presidential Task Force to review the goals and direction of the CAA for the next five years. After the Task Force evaluated existing initiatives and constructed a blueprint for the CAA’s direction and goals, a committee of alumni across schools, generations, and backgrounds convened to author the CAA 2017 Strategic Plan, based on the findings of the CAA 2017 Task Force Report. The CAA 2017 plan is currently in a consultation phase with discussions held with University leaders, administrators across all of Columbia's schools and interests, and alumni populations to ensure that the vision and progress of the CAA in the next five years is a direction that will bring a new future, strength, and opportunity to the University's alumni. We welcome all alumni input.
Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend
CAA leaders—including graduating class presidents, elected at-large members, regional club and association presidents, Columbia medalists, alumni senators, trustees, student leaders, deans, and alumni directors—gather each year with leaders from schools at Columbia to review past work, suggest goals for the coming year, and convene as a representative body of the greater alumni community. Learn more.
Committees provide the infrastructure to support CAA alumni leaders and clubs with the resources needed to engage with Columbians around the world. There are CAA committees that address Assembly Planning, Associations and Clubs, Communications and Information, Events and Programs, Honors and Prizes, and Recent Alumni and Student Relations. Learn more.
George L. Van Amson '74 CC, a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley, is a University Trustee Emeritus and the new Chair of the Columbia Alumni Association, elected during the Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend in October 2011. Active in alumni and community affairs, he serves on the Columbia Campaigns for athletics and undergraduate excellence, the board of directors of Community Impact, the Manhattanville Committee and has served as a member of the College Board of Visitors. In 1994, Mr. Van Amson established the Black Alumni Scholarship. He is the recipient of the 2000 John Jay Award, 2003 Alumni of Color Heritage Award, and 2004 Community Impact -Making a Difference Award. He was awarded the CAA Alumni Medal in 2009. A 30-year veteran of Wall Street, Mr. Van Amson earned his BA in Economics from the College where he lettered in varsity football and an MBA with 2nd year honors from Harvard Business School. He and his wife Wendy PH'83 have three children: Schuyler, Victoria, and Alexandra who is a junior at Columbia College Class of 2013.