Educator Wanda M. Holland Greene Joins Columbia University Board of Trustees

February 18, 2016
Wanda Holland Greene Columbia University

Columbia University announced that Wanda M. Holland Greene (CC’89, TC’91) had been elected to its Board of Trustees, succeeding William V. Campbell (CC’62, TC’64), chair emeritus who served on the board from 2003 to 2015. A nationally recognized leader in education, Ms. Holland Greene is currently head of The Hamlin School of San Francisco.

“Columbia’s Board of Trustees plays a vital role in overseeing and supporting the work we do at the University,” said Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger. “Having an educator of Wanda Holland Greene’s respected expertise serve as a trustee will add further to the breadth of professional and personal experience represented among our accomplished board members and we very much look forward to benefitting from her wise counsel.”

A Brooklyn native, Ms. Holland Greene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in 1989, majoring in English literature with a concentration in psychology. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in curriculum design and instruction from Columbia’s Teachers College.

“As board chair, I’m delighted to welcome Wanda Holland Greene to our ranks,” said Chairman Jonathan Schiller (CC’69, LAW’73). “It seems especially appropriate that, like our good friend Bill Campbell whom she succeeds, she is a graduate of both Columbia College and Teachers College. We know that her work as an educational leader will enhance our ability as a group to serve Columbia in the years ahead.”

Prior to her leadership at Hamlin, Ms. Holland Greene served for eleven years as a senior administrator and ex-officio trustee at The Park School in Brookline, Mass. She began her career in education at The Columbia-Greenhouse Nursery School and continued thereafter at The Chapin School, where she served as a teacher, adviser, and the school’s first director of student life. She is a former trustee of Concord Academy, The Chapin School, Cornerstone Literacy, Inc., Hamilton Family Center, Lick-Wilmerding High School, and the Columbia College Board of Visitors. She currently serves as a trustee at Head-Royce School and the National Association of Independent Schools and is an adviser to Common Sense Media.

Ms. Holland Greene has focused attention on academic and ethical excellence, gender equity, performance evaluation, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, and global citizenship. As a member of the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Aspiring Heads Fellowship, she is an advocate and sponsor for women and people of color in educational leadership. She has been named one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business and was recently awarded a Women Making History Award by the San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women.

“As a proud Columbian, I’m honored to return to Morningside Heights to serve the University that gave me so much as a student,” said Holland Greene. “This is an important moment for all levels of education in our country and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to bring my experience in primary and secondary education to the conversation on issues and opportunities facing higher education at my alma mater.”

— By Columbia News