By Fernando Peinado
Sources from the administration have just confirmed to The Morningside Post that Merit Janow will become SIPA’s new permanent dean. Her appointment will be announced shortly by President Lee Bollinger, putting an end to a period of over a year in which the school has been headed by an interim dean.
Her appointment reflects SIPA’s decision to go with a safe internal candidate instead of a big name from outside. According to administration sources, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among those approached by the selection committee.
Merit E. Janow joined SIPA as a professor in the practice of international economic law and international affairs in the fall of 1994. She is also director of the Program in International Finance and Economic Policy at SIPA, co-director of Columbia´s APEC Study Center and a member of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.
In December 2003, she was elected by the 151 member nations and customs unions of the World Trade Organization to serve as one of seven Members of the WTO´s Appellate Body. The Appellate Body is the global court of final appeal for intergovernmental trade disputes in Geneva, Switzerland.
Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty, Professor Janow was Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China (1990-93).
Janow will replace interim dean Robert Lieberman, who will be leaving Columbia University on June 30 to assume the position of Provost at The Johns Hopkins University.