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Columbia University

February 19, 2011

An accomplished education administrator with more than 20 years of experience, Michael Kohlhagen is currently working toward his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Columbia University. A member of the Ivy League, Columbia University stands as one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States. Founded in 1754 as one of the nine original Colonial Colleges, Columbia University originally existed as King’s College thanks to a royal charter from King George II of England. During its early years, Columbia University existed as a Church of England school created in opposition to the largely Presbyterian College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Classes at Columbia University came to a halt for eight years during the American Revolution, with the school’s only building serving as a military hospital.

Columbia University continued to expand over the next 200 years, changing locations on a number of occasions and establishing a host of new structures and graduate schools. Widely recognized as one of the top universities in the United States, Columbia University ranks fourth in the country according to the 2010 U.S. News & World Report. A number of schools within Columbia University also enjoy a top 10 ranking, including the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Business School, Law School, and the School of Social Work. Columbia University is also one of the most selective schools in the country, admitting only 9.16 percent of applicants for the class of 2014.

A number of famous alumni have passed through Columbia University over the years, including 5 Founding Fathers, 4 U.S. Presidents, 9 Supreme Court Justices, 26 foreign leaders, and 97 Nobel Prize winners. In 1968, students at Columbia University protested against the building of a gymnasium in Harlem and the school’s involvement in the Pentagon’s weapons research think-tank, causing New York City police to arrive and forcibly break up the protest. During the 1970s and 80s, Columbia University students led hunger strikes and barricades of Hamilton Hall in protest of South African apartheid.

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