On the morning of Wednesday, December 19th, the Feldbergs were lucky enough to host the outgoing Dean of Columbia Business School, Glenn Hubbard, for breakfast.
Dean Hubbard, who is retiring from the administration (but not academics) in June, shared his opinions on a huge range of topics including the Trump Administration, the state of the US and world economies, the crisis of small-town America, and the state of Columbia Business School. Quite interestingly, he also expounded upon how the states of the country and CBS as a school are intricately tied together. It was truly a privilege to spend some time in this small group setting with the Dean whose views have been informed from his unique perch as a tried-and-true academic, a senior administrator at a major university, and an senior government advisor.
It is a bittersweet time for CBS alumns. The Feldbergs themselves almost all graduated under Dean Hubbard and will look on his time as CBS's dean with nostalgia, while looking forward to what the future brings -- including the opening of/move to the beautiful Manhattanville campus for which Dean Hubbard raised over one billion dollars. Importantly, because Dean Hubbard will remain at Columbia as a teacher, his wisdom will continue to inform and help shape his successor's and Columbia's future.