Norman Mintz Obituary

April 08, 2020

We are sad to inform our members and friends of the passing of Norman Mintz, for many years the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs under President Michael Sovern and earlier for Associate Dean of GSAS. He was a longtime friend of the Center.

Dr. Mintz arrived at Columbia as a visiting professor from Syracuse in the late 1960s. Recruited by Peter Kenen as Assistant Professor in the economics department, he later accepted an offer to become an administrator. He was Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) under Dean George Fraenkel, and Deputy Provost under Theodore deBary when Bill McGill was the University's President. After Michael Sovern became President in 1980, Dr. Mintz became Acting Provost, then Senior Vice President, then Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the position he held at his retirement in 1989. 

Dr. Mintz proudly led several collaborative academic initiatives, fostering associations among the Jewish Theological Seminary, NYU, and CUNY. Most importantly, he conceived the computer science department, a joint effort between the School of Engineering and GSAS. 

Although Norman was not a member of the Center, he attended the Center's conferences for many years and was a friend of Columbia colleagues such as Center director Edmund Phelps and Advisory Board member Robert Mundell. He was a constant presence at Center events.

The Center offers its sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. His obituary in the New York Times is available here.