“Columbia could not be more proud of its relationship with Teachers College. Today, as we honor President Bailey, I am here to reaffirm that bond.” —Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University

“[President Bailey’s] success is our success. We cannot succeed unless he does. And we will do what we can to help him succeed.” —James Borland, Professor of Education, Chair of the TC Faculty Executive Committee

“We are ready to serve as mentors and ambassadors who will help President Bailey create new pathways for current and future TC students to flourish and to have the rewarding and life-changing experiences that we have had.” —Marion Boultbee, President, TC Alumni Council


A video gallery of remarks from the Investiture


“What really stands out is the way in which you’ve listened to the student body. You could easily treat our conversations as a formality. After all, you have an amazing team of staff dedicated to championing student life issues. But YOU asked and YOU listened because YOU genuinely wanted to know and improve the student experience, and for that I am grateful.” Chloe Dawson, President, TC Student Senate

“This is a wide open window of opportunities.” —U.S. Rep. Adriana Espaillat

“You display a genuine interest in learning about the people who make up this great university. We applaud your effort and watch with great anticipation as you implement TC's comprehensive approach to education of the whole person.” —Sonya Jones, IT Communications Coordinator

“Tom Bailey is the right leader to push the mission of Teachers College forward.” —Mark Levine, Member, New York City Council

“I encourage you to lean on us all of us for any help we can provide. I wish you Godspeed, because when you succeed, we all succeed.” —Lieutenant Gary Lord, TC Office of Public Safety

“Thank you, (President Bailey) for your work elevating the community college voice and setting a high standard for what it means to be scholars and practitioners in our shared purpose of creating pathways where all can flourish.” —TC alumna Belinda Miles, President of Westchester Community College

“When we teach from the mind to the mind we simply pass along knowledge. When we teach from the heart to the heart, we inspire the mind. Let us all come together under (President Bailey's) leadership and teach to the heart of America.” —Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges

“Tom is the right leader for TC today. As he takes the reins at TC, he brings a unique set of skills, experiences and personal qualities to meet both the challenges and the important opportunities before us.” —William Rueckert, Chair, Teachers College Board of Trustees

“[President Bailey’s] warmth and good nature sets the tone... In an over-achieving place, it’s nice to be acknowledged as a human being with value separate and apart from your latest achievement.” —Judith Scott-Clayton, Associate Professor of Economics & Education and Senior Scholar, Community College Research Center