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Columbia Athletics mourns the loss of Bill Campbell ’62CC ’64TC

Columbia University Athletics mourns the loss of Bill Campbell ’62CC ’64TC, who passed away last night at the age of 75.

“We are terribly saddened to learn of Bill’s passing,” said Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education director Peter Pilling. “Bill was a wonderful person who touched and will continue to touch so many lives. There was no one prouder to be Colombian than Bill and he showed it through his unwavering support of the university community throughout his life.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

“I can’t begin to write a statement that fully conveys the painful sense of loss we felt early this morning when Bill Campbell passed away,” said Columbia Chairman Lee C. Bollinger. “Bill was a beloved alumnus, football coach, trustee, former chairman of trustees and, above all, a friend and source of boundless joy and advice to all who knew him. Columbia will always remember Bill.

“We are losing an incredible human being,” said head football coach Patricia and Shepard Alexander. Al-Bagnoli noted. “Bill was a guy who inspired so many people, not just in football and athletics, but across college. This is devastating news for everyone and he was an absolute inspiration to all of us. Bill represented all that is good in the world and he will be sorely missed as a friend, mentor and colleague.

A four-year-old student-athlete, Campbell captained the 1961 Ivy League championship football team, inducted into the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, and won All-Ivy League accolades as a senior. In 1963 Bill and a group of football and rugby alumni founded the Old Blue Rugby Club. He returned to Columbia to coach Columbia Football for six seasons between 1974 and 1979.

After his coaching stint, Campbell embarked on a legendary career. He served as vice president of J. Walter Thompson, a New York-based advertising agency, and later became general manager of consumer products for Kodak Europe. After Kodak, he joined Apple Computer in 1983, and rose to the level of executive vice president; he later founded and served as president and CEO of Claris Corporation, a spin-off software development company created and owned by Apple in 1990. Campbell assumed his role as president of Intuit, the maker of Quicken, QuickBooks and Turbo Tax in 1998 and served as CEO until 2000. As a leader, Campbell’s marketing and strategic acumen helped make Claris, Apple and Intuit remarkable success stories in Silicon Valley. Later, his advisory roles as a director at Apple, Google, and others established him as “the coach of Silicon Valley.”

He joined the University Trustees in 2003 and was named President two years later. He led the University through one of the most dynamic eras in its history – one that included the planning and dedication of the new Manhattanville campus, the opening of the University’s World Centers, the successful record campaign of Columbia and the Columbia campaign. for Athletics: Achieving Excellence, the creation of the Columbia Alumni Association and many other initiatives.

In 2009, recognizing his influence and love of football, the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame announced that his highest honour, the former Draddy Trophy, sometimes referred to as the “Academic Heisman”, would be renamed the William V. Campbell Trophy. .

Because of his tremendous leadership and passion for Columbia Athletics, the University dedicated the Campbell Sports Center in his honor in October 2013. The state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot athletics headquarters at the Baker Athletic Complex on West 218and Street became the first new athletics building for Columbia since the construction of the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Fitness Center in the mid-1970s.

The Campbell Sports Center includes offices for varsity athletic programs, a strength and conditioning center, a hospitality clubhouse, and study areas and lounge space for student-athletes.

In the fall of 2014, the athletics program retired uniform number 67—the number Campbell wore as an offensive lineman and linebacker for the 1961 Ivy League champions—for Columbia’s 31 varsity teams. At the 2015 Varsity C Celebration, the athletics program introduced a new award, the William V. Campbell Performer of the Year to be awarded annually to the top male and female student-athletes of the academic year.

His legacy at Columbia Athletics – the countless lives he touched, his special relationships with coaches and student-athletes over the years, his unwavering support of college athletic programs and rugby, and his unwavering commitment to making Columbia Athletics a championship program. – are today and will continue to be unmatched. His loss is deeply felt on all levels.

Campbell is survived by his son Jim ’04CC ’08SIPA and his daughter Maggie ’13CC, his wife, Eileen Bocci and his three children, Matt ’13CC, Kevin and Katherine, and his ex-wife Roberta.