President of Institutional Advancement Patrick Sheahan abruptly left Columbia Jan. 15 after holding the position for less than four months, making the post the third high-ranking administrative position at the college without a permanent appointment.
Senior Vice President Warren Chapman will take over the Institutional Advancement office until the college can appoint a permanent vice president, according to President Kwang-Wu Kim. Eric Winston, who retired in August, previously held the position for eight years.
Despite several interview requests, Chapman declined to explain why Sheahan left or comment on the plans for the Office of Institutional Advancement. Sheahan could not be reached for comment as of press time.
The Institutional Advancement vacancy now joins two other key openings at the college, including the provost and Chief Financial Officer positions.