Twice-failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton quite clearly aspired to culminate her career with the top job in the White House, but it appears that she has now settled for a professorship at a prestigious Ivy League university.
It was announced on Thursday that Clinton had been hired by Columbia University to be both a professor and a fellow in two separate but related areas, the Daily Caller reported.
In February, Clinton will begin her work at Columbia as a Professor of Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs as well as a Presidential Fellow at Columbia Worlds Project.
Clinton’s forthcoming dual roles at Columbia
It appears that the news about Clinton joining Columbia’s SIPA and CWP was first revealed in a Thursday morning email to “fellow members of the Columbia community” from University President Lee Bollinger.
At SIPA, according to Bollinger, Clinton will work with the school’s dean and other faculty and administrators “on a variety of major initiatives, especially those focusing on global politics and policy and on supporting female leaders in those arenas.”
At the same time, she would also work with other senior leaders at CWP “to support programming related to renewing democracy and advancing efforts for effective engagement of women and youth in this country and around the world.”
“I have had the great pleasure of knowing Hillary personally for three decades, since her early days as First Lady of the United States,” Bollinger wrote. “Her public service has expanded since then, most notably in her remarkably successful tenure as United States Senator for the State of New York, in her impressive role as Secretary of State, and in her two historic and record-breaking presidential campaigns.”
“Given her extraordinary talents and capacities together with her singular life experiences, Hillary Clinton is unique, and, most importantly, exceptional in what she can bring to the University’s missions of research and teaching, along with public service and engagement for the public good,” he added.
High praise from top administrators
Similar praise for Clinton was shared in a more formal announcement from Columbia’s SIPA Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo about how “Secretary Clinton, who served as U.S. secretary of state, U.S. senator from New York, First Lady of the United States, and is a longtime activist and volunteer, is one of the world’s foremost experts on public policy and international affairs.”
“She is a remarkable leader who has been on the front lines of virtually every critical challenge facing our world today — from the global fight to save democracy, her advocacy for women’s rights, and her staunch defense of marginalized people everywhere,” the dean continued. “She now brings her leadership and expertise to SIPA as we seek to prepare the next generation of global policy leaders and advance our role as a critical partner and resource for current practitioners and stakeholders looking for solutions to today’s challenges.”
Yarhi-Milo noted some of what Clinton would be doing in her future role at the university, particularly that starting in the 2023-2024 school year, “students will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from her in the classroom, benefiting from her unparalleled experience in foreign and domestic policy.”
“Finally, I am personally thrilled by the opportunity to work alongside a woman whom I have long admired and now have the honor of calling an esteemed colleague,” the dean added. “On behalf of the entire SIPA community, I extend a warm welcome to Secretary Clinton as she becomes a distinguished member of our faculty.”
Already honored by the university with unearned degree
The Daily Caller noted that Clinton, who served less than two full terms each as a U.S. senator from New York and as former President Barack Obama’s secretary of State, twice tried and failed in both 2008 and 2016 to achieve her aspiration of being the first woman president of the United States.
It was also noted that Clinton already appeared to have developed ties to Columbia University, as she was granted an honorary degree from the school last year and was selected to deliver remarks at the 2022 commencement ceremony.