The Henry R. Kravis Building
In honor of Henry Kravis’s landmark gift of $100 million to support Columbia Business School’s move to Manhattanville, the School will name one of its two new facilities The Henry R. Kravis Building. Featuring state-of-the art technology and a design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro that will encourage collaborative learning, The Henry R. Kravis Building will enable the School to better support its students, faculty members, and alumni, while also creating more opportunities to positively impact the local community.
Seven years after graduating from Columbia Business School I, with two partners, ventured into the world of small business ownership. The pieces fell into place: we were the right partnership employing the right ideas at the right time. I credit Columbia Business School for giving me much of the knowledge and connections that allowed me — and my company — to succeed.
Right now, Columbia Business School is at a similar inflection point. It has the people, curriculum, research, and ideas of a top business school. Soon it will have the facilities to match.
What is most exciting to me about the move to Manhattanville is that it offers increased opportunities for the School to connect with fellow New Yorkers, especially those who own small businesses in the Morningside Heights, West Harlem, and greater New York City communities. Just as I benefited from my Columbia Business School experiences and connections, I’m confident local business people will too.
The School has long been doing good outside the gates of the Columbia campus, and I’ve been impressed by the many community-oriented programs at the School. Top among them is the Columbia Community Business Program, which supports business growth and development in Upper Manhattan. Other excellent programs include the School’s Nonprofit Board Leadership Program, the Harlem Tutorial Program, the Hughie Mills Business Academy, the annual Holiday Party for Kids, as well as local chapters of such organizations as Junior Achievement and I-Prep.
I am inspired by the talent of the School’s faculty members and alumni, as well as students’ potential to effect positive change in the world. I am steadfastly confident that they can fulfill to that potential, never more than right now, with the promise of a new home in Manhattanville.
This move will — for the first time — bring the entire School together under a single roof, and it is with great pride that I pledge my support for the campaign.
Henry R. Kravis ’69
Cochair, Columbia Business School Board of Overseers
Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.