[Marxism] Columbia Wiki on Robert Kasdin

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Mar 22 13:46:14 MDT 2012

I would surmise that this is not an official Columbia web page by 
any stretch of the imagination:


Robert Kasdin is the Senior Executive Vice President of Columbia 
University. This is one of several new Executive Vice Presidents 
created by PrezBo [Lee Bollinger!] for doing something Columbia 
should have already been taking care of. Kasdin, along with Susan 
Feagin, was brought to CU in 2002 from UMich by PrezBo. At Umich, 
Kasdin was the "executive vice president and chief financial 
officer." At Columbia, as one senior faculty member put it, his 
job is to be the "money man who runs the university" hidden in a 
bunker. In short, he is Bollinger's Dick Cheney. Other 
administrators fear him, and everyone lower than administration is 
too distracted by PrezBo and Sachs to pay attention to him.

His official job description is to "[lead] operating departments, 
financial management, and innovation enterprises at Columbia 

Few students and faculty have seen him, let alone interacted with 
him. These interactions are rumored to be unpleasant. Some 
undergraduate students colloquially refer to him as "Bobby K". 
Apparently he hates this, which in turn continues the use of said 

Mr. Kasdin earned his AB from Princeton and his JD from Harvard 
Law School.

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