What We Do
We aspire to build University infrastructure and partnerships to help Columbia bring rigorous knowledge and research forward to societal impact and to serve the public good.
About the Vice Provost for the Fourth Purpose and Strategic Impact
Samuel K. Sia, who joined the Columbia faculty in 2005, is a biotech scholar and entrepreneur. He has collaborated extensively with colleagues across engineering and in public health, medicine, and business.
Fourth Purpose News
President Bollinger appoints two task forces to develop recommendations for how to address climate change and achieve our Fourth Purpose.
President Bollinger shares the Fourth Purpose Task Force's report and recommendations, which include creation of a new office.
Samuel Sia, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, is appointed Vice Provost for the Fourth Purpose and Strategic Impact.