Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim - President and CEO of Columbia College Chicago

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President Kim's Fall 2023 Welcome Video Message

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President Kim's Fall 2022 Welcome Video Message

President Kim's Welcome to Students from Columbia College Chicago on Vimeo.

President Kim's Fall 2021 Welcome Video Message




State of the College Address 2021

Welcome to the 2020-21 Academic Year


President Kim gives his commencement address to the graduating class, May 2020.


President Kim gives his commencement address to the graduating class, May 2019.


President Kim gives his commencement address to the graduating class, May 2018.

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Presidential Update 2018

President Kim presents his update to the Columbia College Chicago community, February 2018.

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President Kim gives his commencement address to the graduating class, May 2016.

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President Kim gives his commencement address to the graduating class, May 2015.

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President Kim delivers the keynote address and is honored by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, May 2015.

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President Kim discusses his collaborative and action-oriented approach to the strategic challenges facing the college, January 2015.

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President Kim discusses Columbia's strategic challenges with Lee Gardner from The Chronicle of Higher Education


President Kim addresses the City Club of Chicago, November 2014.

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Governor Pat Quinn and President Kim announce the $7.2 million grant awarded to the college by the state, October 2014.


The Student Government Association hosts a conversation with President Kim on how students can define their own path to success, October 2014.


President Kim welcomes students, faculty, staff, and alumni, September 2014.

  • A Message to Students

    Fall Semester 2014
  • A Message to Faculty

    Fall Semester 2014
  • A Message to Staff

    Fall Semester 2014
  • A Message to Alumni

    Fall Semester 2014

Commencement 2014

President Kim gives his commencement address to the graduating class, May 2014.

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Cinema Slapdown

Cinema Art + Science Chair Bruce Sheridan and President Kim share in a public debate on the merits of the film Skyfall, February 2014.


President Kim hosts a student-centered conversation on diversity and inclusion, January 2014.


President Kim gives his inaugural address, November 2013.

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Convocation 2013

President Kim welcomes and addresses students at Convocation, September 2013.

Presidential Announcements

Tuition and Fee Schedule for the 2023-24 Academic Year

At its most recent meeting on November 1, the Columbia College Chicago Board of Trustees approved the following tuition, housing, and fee schedules for the 2023-24 academic year.

Upcoming COVID-19 Protocol Forums

As we begin the 2022-23 academic year under the Medium COVID-19 precaution level, the college is hosting two additional forums to answer your questions about protocols. Please join President Kwang-Wu Kim and members of the Incident Assessment Taskforce (IATF) to discuss the current level of COVID-19 precautions and other COVID-related plans for Fall 2022.

COVID-19 Protocol Forum

Welcome to the 2022-23 academic year! Columbia College Chicago is thrilled to welcome new and returning students to campus this fall. Columbia is hosting a Zoom forum on September 1 at 10 a.m. with President Kim and members of the Incident Assessment Taskforce (IATF) to discuss COVID precautions for Fall 2022.

Update regarding sexual misconduct investigation

I am writing to update you on the investigation that Columbia launched this past February into allegations of sexual misconduct made against Sam Weller, associate professor of English and Creative Writing. As you may recall, we retained Mayer Brown LLP, a law firm in Chicago with extensive experience in sexual misconduct cases, to conduct the investigation as well as review our Title IX and HR processes.

Undergraduate Tuition and Fee Schedule for the 2022-23 Academic Year

At its most recent meeting on October 28, the Columbia College Chicago Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the administration to set tuition for the 2022-23 academic year at $29,270, which is a 10 percent increase before financial aid.

Return to Campus Forum

Columbia is excited to welcome new and returning students back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester.

Position Paper Announcement

I want to thank all of you who participated in the campus forums over these past two weeks or took the time to watch my video address to the Columbia College Chicago community.

State of the College Address - Zoom Forum Signup

President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim is sharing his vision for the future of the institution and a preview of his latest position paper on the college's strategic direction over the next few years.

Recent Violence Against Asian American Community - April 2, 2021

On March 16, eight people were shot and killed in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Six of the victims were Asian women. Four days ago, a 65-year-old Filipino woman was assaulted and beaten in front of an apartment building in Manhattan as building staff watched. Suddenly, and to the apparent surprise of some, the press is full of stories about anti-Asian violence.

End of Fall Semester and Looking Ahead - December 11, 2020

As we near the end of the fall semester, I am writing with my thanks and appreciation for your individual and collective fortitude in these challenging times.

Welcome to the Start of the Fall Semester - September 8, 2020

The beginning of a new academic year is an occasion for celebration as our incoming students begin their academic and creative journeys and as we embark together on another year of discovery.

Starting the fall semester, and navigating our financial challenges - August 14, 2020

As the new academic and fiscal year approaches, we continue to navigate the highly fluid landscape created by the COVID-19 pandemic...

A Message from President Kim on George Floyd - June 1, 2020

I write to you as we witness our country and city awash in violence in outrage over the abject killing of a Black man, George Floyd, by a White Minneapolis police officer. It is another manifestation of the dehumanizing of disenfranchised groups in general, and Black people in particular, by powerful segments of American society...

A Message from President Kim about Resuming Classes - March 23, 2020

I hope that this message finds you well as we all continue to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. I am writing to follow up on my March 12 announcement that the college would temporarily suspend spring semester instruction on campus and implement a three-week transition of its course offerings to remote instructional formats. I am pleased to report that we are on track to successfully execute this transition and that spring semester instruction will resume remotely on Monday, April 6, and continue in this manner until the end of the semester.

A Message from President Kim - September 26, 2019

Having just passed census day, I am writing to share the very good news that the college’s overall enrollment grew 1.8 percent in Fall 2019—the first increase in 11 years—fueled by a nearly 34 percent increase in freshmen, the largest year-over-year growth on record.

A Message from President Kim about Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold Federal Ruling on Immigration Ban - July 3, 2018

The college remains committed to fostering a welcoming and tolerant community, and stands ready to ensure that our international student and faculty populations have the support and resources they need.

Beginning a New Academic Year - September 5, 2017

In these divisive times, I see our college’s core commitment to valuing diversity and inclusion as a source of hope and meaning for all of us as a community. To be a place where all ways of being are honored, respected, and valued is a noble ideal; let us take pride in that commitment and let us fully engage with one another to make that ideal a reality.

A Message from President Kim About the Election - November 4, 2016

We will protect our students, their rights, and their well-being. This is our common moral obligation.

Commencement Address, Auditorium Theatre – May 14 & 15, 2016

"Graduates—congratulations, you did it! Getting to this moment is a major accomplishment, and we honor the hard work, the tough choices, and the sacrifices which helped you get here today."

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Announcement of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee - January 28, 2016

"My goal was to create a committee comprising individuals whose experience and expertise would ensure that a wide range of perspectives be brought to bear on the work of advancing diversity and inclusion at our institution."

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Commencement Address, Auditorium Theatre – May 16 & 17, 2015

"First and foremost, today is a celebration of your tenacity and determination to succeed. Your degrees announce to the world that you are capable of making a complex, multiyear commitment, sticking to it in the face of many challenges, and finishing what you start. That says a lot about the quality of your character."

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City Club of Chicago Address, Maggiano’s – November 13, 2014

"I want you to know that I’m very aware that we could not do any of this, we could not succeed, without the context of Chicago…But I also want to be bold enough to say to you that I happen to believe, after being here for not quite a year and a half, that Chicago needs Columbia College Chicago as well."

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Commencement Address, Chicago Theatre – May 17 & 18, 2014

"Congratulations, graduates! Today we celebrate your achievement. We know that the fact of your graduation is not an accident, and we honor the accomplishments, the choices, and the sacrifices that helped you get here today."

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“Redefining Our Greatness,” Position Paper – May 7, 2014

"In these pages, I have made my best effort to summarize my thinking about Columbia College Chicago from the vantage point of ten months in the president’s office. My absolute belief in the value and potential of our college requires that I call out what I see and that I set the bar of expectation as high as I can. I believe our students deserve nothing less."

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State of the College Address, Film Row Cinema – April 8, 2014

"My nine-month assessment of Columbia College Chicago is that at its core – at the most meaningful level of content, value, practice, interaction between faculty and students, student aspirations, and the progress that our students make towards those aspirations – I think we are doing very well, and in many cases extremely well."

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Inauguration Speech, The Field Museum – November 1, 2013

"I have long been inspired by the words of a senior colleague who once advised me to ‘find a place where you can surface your courage.’ I know that I have found that place in Columbia College Chicago."

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Official Portraits

Official Portraits

Photos by Phil Dembinski BA '08


Photos by Jacob Boll BA '12

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