President Lee Bollinger said during Monday’s convocation that President Barack Obama will return to the Upper West Side in an “official capacity” in 2017, according to tweets by the Columbia Spectator and Bwog.
Bollinger, speaking on the steps at Low Memorial Library, did not elaborate on the president’s return to Columbia University, according to reports.
The university said in a statement sent later Monday: ” Lee Bollinger’s comment at Convocation today that he was looking forward to welcoming back Columbia’s most famous alumnus only reiterated the May 12 statement by the Barack Obama Foundation that it “intends to maintain a presence at Columbia University for the purpose of exploring and developing opportunities for a long term association” and reflected no further developments concerning President Obama’s plans.”
Obama is coming back to town! Prezbo announced he is looking forward to hosting the alum in 2017.
— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) August 31, 2015
PrezBo stated the Obama’s would be returning to Columbia in an official capacity next year. No further details. #nsop2015
— Bwog (@bwog) August 31, 2015