To the Members of the Barnard College Community:

I am writing today to provide you with updates pertaining to our ongoing work of finding a successor to President Beilock. 

I am pleased to report that we have completed our process of assembling the Presidential Search Committee. The full list of members can be found below and at the presidential search website. As I have previously stated, a presidential search can be a challenging and rewarding venture, and I would like to thank the Committee members in advance for their time and commitment to this important work. 

I also want to share a reminder about the upcoming series of listening sessions scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, and Wednesday, October 12. We hope that you will attend so that we can hear your thoughts and ideas about Barnard’s next president. Your feedback will support our efforts in developing an exceptional list of candidates. Additional information about the sessions and the links to RSVP are outlined below and can also be found at the presidential search website

Tuesday, October 11

Wednesday, October 12

In addition to the listening sessions, we welcome your feedback by way of this anonymous survey. The results of the survey will only be shared with the members of the Search Committee. 

In the coming months, we will continue to provide regular updates. Until then, on behalf of the members of the Search Committee, I thank you for all of your support as we continue to move through this significant moment for the College. 


Most sincerely,

Cheryl Glicker Milstein ’82, P’14

Chair, Barnard Board of Trustees

Barnard Presidential Search Committee


  • Cheryl Glicker Milstein ’82, P’14, Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Laura Blankfein ’75 
  • Jolyne Caruso-FitzGerald ’81, Trustee Emerita and Chair Emerita
  • Ina Drew P’13, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of Search Committee
  • Bill Helman P’14
  • Ann Sacher ’85, Co-Chair of Search Committee
  • Marcia Sells ’81, P’23
  • Caroline Bliss Spencer ’09
  • Diana Vagelos ’55, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees


  • Peter Balsam, Professor of Psychology and Samuel R. Milbank Chair
  • Christopher Baswell, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English at Barnard College and Columbia University
  • Yvette Christiansë, Claire Tow Chair of Africana Studies and English Literature, Director of the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Lisa Tiersten, Professor of History


  • Sharmie Azurel ’23
  • Alexa Easter ’23


  • Cynthia Yang ’02,  AVP & Special Advisor to the President