WASHINGTON – The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) announced today that
Lee C. Bollinger has been nominated to its Board of Directors. His election will take
place on May 10 at the Company's next Board meeting.
Bollinger was named President of Columbia University in June 2002. He is also
on the faculty of Columbia's Law School. From November 1996 to 2002, he was the
President of the University of Michigan. He served as Provost and Professor of
Government at Dartmouth College from 1994 to 1996. From 1987 to 1994, he was the
Dean of the University of Michigan Law School.
A leading scholar on free speech and First Amendment issues, he is the author of
numerous books, articles and essays on these subjects, and he teaches an undergraduate
course, Freedom of Speech and Press, at Columbia each year. Bollinger is a fellow of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical
Society. He is a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a trustee of the
Kresge Foundation and a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company of Great Britain.
Bollinger was the named defendant in the twin Supreme Court cases – Grutter v.
Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger (2003) – that affirmed the importance of diversity as a
compelling justification for affirmative action. For this leadership, he received the
National Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice
and the National Equal Justice Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational
Fund. He received the Clark Kerr Award, the highest award conferred by the faculty of
the University of California, Berkeley, for his service to higher education, especially on
matters of freedom of speech and diversity.
Since graduating from the University of Oregon and Columbia Law School,
where he was an Articles Editor of the Law Review, he has earned several honorary
degrees. After serving as law clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the United States
Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Chief Justice Warren Burger on the
United States Supreme Court, he joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty
Bollinger was born in Santa Rosa, California, and raised there and in Baker,
Oregon. He is married to artist Jean Magnano Bollinger, and they have two children.
The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO) is a diversified media and
education company whose principal operations include newspaper and magazine
publishing, educational and career services, television broadcasting, cable television
systems and electronic information services. The Company owns The Washington Post;
Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI), the online publishing subsidiary whose
flagship products include washingtonpost.com, Newsweek.com, Slate magazine and
Budget Travel Online; Express; El Tiempo Latino; The Gazette and Southern Maryland
newspapers; The Herald (Everett, WA); Newsweek magazine; Post-Newsweek Stations
(Detroit, Houston, Miami, Orlando, San Antonio and Jacksonville); and Cable ONE,
serving subscribers in midwestern, western and southern states. Its fastest growing
division is Kaplan, Inc., based in New York, a leading international provider of
educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses.