Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former Washington Post managing editor Steve Coll has been named dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He will succeed Nicholas Lemann, who has announced he was stepping down as dean last October. Lemann had been the school’s dean since 2003.
Coll was most recently the president of The New American Foundation and worked at WaPo from 1985 to 2004. He is also the author of seven books, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker.
“Steve Coll is one of the most experienced and respected journalists of his generation,” said Columbia’s president, Lee Bollinger, in a statement. “Sweeping changes in digital technology and the global marketplace have created unprecedented challenges and opportunities for the news media that demand our constant reflection on the mission and substance of a modern journalism education. Our Journalism School is thriving today because of its innovative response to these developments, and Steve’s breadth of experience as a reporter, editor, author and executive make him ideally suited to lead the School in the years ahead.”