The CAA was founded in 2005 with an opening gala at New York's Museum of Modern Art. In 2007, the CAA launched in Europe with the marquis "CAA Paris 2007" event, featuring a conference with notables such as Kofi Annan, Jeff Sachs, Joe Stiglitz, and Orhan Pamuk, School-based receptions, and a semi-formal gala.
The CAA has grown to support over 100 alumni clubs and shared interest groups, an online Alumni Directory and numerous social networks facilitating unlimited connections, a suite of career resources, and opportunities to connect in person through social, cultural, and intellectual programs.
In 2012, Lee C. Bollinger launched a Presidential Task Force to look at the next five years of the CAA. The CAA 2017 Strategic Plan lies out a healthy future for our Columbia connections and the possibilities of our alma mater, with a focus on five areas:
- School-based relationships and collaborations
- Volunteer development and empowerment
- Best practices
- CAA Awareness
2. CAA Korea
1954. - In celebrating 200th Year of Columbia University, CAA Korea was established.
1963. 5. 8. - 2nd General Meeting of CAA Korea at Dr. Kim’s house.
Chairman : Hwal-Lan Kim
1968. 4. 6. - 3rd General Meeting of CAA Korea (Attendance : 20 alumni)
Chairman : Hwal-Lan Kim
1973. 6. 2. - 4th General Meeting of CAA Korea at Ewah University
Sae-Jip Restaurant (Attendance : 16)
Chairman : Hyung-Kuk Jeon
1977 - 1986 Chairman : Sun-Ki Baek
1977. 6. 5. - 5th General Meeting of CAA Korea at Ambassador Hotel(Attendance : 24)
Vice-President of Columbia University, Dr. W.T. De Bary made speech:
“The Recent Development of Academic Affairs in the University.”
1977. 12. 16. - 6th General Meeting
1987 – 1988 Chairman : Joo-bong Kim
1989 – 1992 Chairman : Soo-il Kwak
1990. 12. 14. - General meeting and year-end gala at Hyatt Regency Seoul.
1993 - 1994 Chairman : Sang-ryong Suh
1993. 2. 10. - Welcoming reception for President Dr. Rupp at Shilla Hotel.
1993. 12. 14. - General meeting and year-end gala at Hilton Hotel.
1994. 12. 13. - General meeting and year-end gala at Shilla Hotel
1995 – 1996 Chairman : Se-hee Yoo
1994. 10. 26. - Welcoming reception for President Dr. Rupp at Hilton Hotel.
1995. 12. 14. - General meeting and year-end gala at Shilla Hotel.
1996. 12. 21. - General meeting and year-end gala at Hilton Hotel.
1997 – 2003 Chairman : Seung-pil Yu
1999. 5. 25. - Welcoming reception for President Dr. Rupp at Shilla Hotel.
2000. 2. 21. - Fund for Business School raised and US$ 28,757 remitted.
2000. 3. - Nobel Prize winner for Economics, Prof. Robert Mundell visited Seoul
and welcoming reception at Shilla Hotel.
2000. 12. 7. - General meeting and year-end gala at Shilla Hotel.
2001. 11. 30. - Attended the performance “The Second Hand Dance Company”
directed by Alumna So-young Chung.
2001. 12. 7. - General meeting and year-end gala at Shilla Hotel
2002. 12. 5. - General meeting and year-end gala at Shilla Hotel
2003. 5. 27. - Welcoming reception for Prof. Hugh Patrick, Gerald Curtis and
Curtis Milhaupt at Shilla Hotel.
2003. 12. 12. - General meeting and year-end gala at Renaissance Hotel.
2004 - 2005 Chairman : Woo-taik Kim
2004. 4.7~4.8 - In Celebrating 250th year of Columbia University, President Lee C. Bollinger visited in Seoul.
2005. 12. 9. - General meeting and Year-End Gala at The Shilla Hotel.
Guest Speaker : Alexander Vershbow (U.S. Ambassador to Korea)
2006 - 2007 Chairman : Jin-won Park
2006. 3. 2. - Columbia Business School’s Dean Glenn Hubbard made breakfast lecture on
'Prospects for the US Economy' at Chosun Hotel 7:30-9:00
2006. 3. 14. - SIPA’s 60th Anniversary at The Shilla Hotel
Dean Lisa Anderson and U.S. Ambassador Vershbow in attendance.
2006. 10. 19. - General meeting and Charity Event at Grand Hyatt Seoul(Attendance : 200) :
Donation delivered to Social Welfare Society
and Social Enterprise Youngsan
2007. 6. 13. - Prof. Raymond Horton visited Seoul.
“Social Enterprise Project”
2007. 12. 19. - General meeting and Year-End Gala at Chosun Hotel
2008 - 2009 Chairman : In-Jun Kim
2008. 7. 3. - Board of Directors meeting.
2007. 12. 4. - General meeting and Year-End Gala at Fradia, Seocho
2009. 11.27. - General meeting and Year-End Gala at Chosun Hotel
2010 - 2011 Chairman : Jong-Ryang Kim
2010. 5. 12. - CAA Korea Official Facebook group page was opened.
2010. 5. 17. - Happy Forum:
Subject : Healthy and Fulfilling Ways to Longer Life
Speaker : Jung-Hyun Kim
(Director of International Cooperation Hospital, Hanyang University)
2010. 6. 12. - Columbian Mixer+2002 World Cup Ceremony- Movie and Korea vs Greece
at President Hotel
2010. 6. 20. - Columbia Alumni Association: ”Columbians’ night in Seoul”
Dr. Michele Moody-Adams (CC)President and Dr. Feniosky Pea Mora(SEAS)
President at Chosun Hotel
2010. 12. 9. - General meeting and Year-End Gala at Grand Intercontinental Hotel.
2011. 4. 27. - 1st Columbia Forum at Seoul Club
Subject : Korean Economy in the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis :
Opportunities and Risks
Speaker : Dr. Hyun-wook Kim
(Director of Macroeconomics Department, Korea Development Institute (KDI)
2011. 6. 15. - Columbia Alumni Networking Night of the Young and Old Event
2011. 6. 23. - Columbia Alumni Association Seoul Reception at Chosun Hotel
2011. 7. 11. - 2nd Columbia Forum at Seoul Club
Subject : “Global Korea’s Past and Future
Speaker : Professor Armstrong, Department of History.
2011. 10. 27. - 3rd Columbia Forum at President Hotel
Subject : Korea’s International Role and Diplomatic Relations.
Speaker : Young-Woo Chun, Senior Secretary to the President for Foreign
Affairs and National Security.
2011. 12. 1. - General meeting and Year-End Gala at Grand Intercontinental Hotel.
2012 - 2013 Chairman : Chul-Yong Lee
2012. 2. 8. - Each School elects its own President
2012. 3. 28. - The Board of Directors Assembly.
2012. 5. 10. - 4th Columbia Forum at The Seoul Club
Subject : Korea- U.S. FTA and Private-Bureaucrat Relation in Retrospct
Speaker : Hyun-Johng Kim Ex-Director ofHeadquarter for Commerce and
T rade/ Ex- UN Ambassador
2012. 6. 4. - CAA Korea's Flag delivery service for alumni wedding and funeral was started.
2012. 6. 22. - CAA Reception "Columbia Evening in Seoul” at The Chosun Hotel
Feniosky Peña-Mora, Dean of SEAS. Kevin Shollenberger, Dean of Student
Affairs Donna MacPhee, Vice President for Alumni Relations and others
2012. 6. 23. - 1st Golf Tournament for Pan Columbia Alumni.
2012. 7.2~7.6 - Chairman of CAA Korea visited CAA of HongKong and Taiwan
and suggested closer relations among Columbia Alumni Associations in Asia.
2012. 9. 7. - 5th Columbia Forum.
Subject : Art and Ideology of North Korea
Speaker : North Korean Refugee Professor Chul-Woong Kim, Pianist.
2012. 11. 17. - Invitation from Columbia Alumni Association of Taiwan
2012. 12. 1. - Columbia Band&Wine Club volunteers and performs at the Do-bong
2012. 12. 17. - General meeting and Year-End Gala at Patio9, Gangnam.
2013. 5. 3. - 6th Columbia Forum at The President Hotel
Subject : Women’s Work and Domestic Life Balance and Realization of
Speaker : Yoon-Sun Cho (Law 2001), Minister (Ministry of Women and
2013. 6. 29. - CAA Reception at Lotte Hotel
(Dean James Valentini of Columbia College, Dean Jeanette Takamura of
School of Social Work, Senior Director Connie Kopec of Columbia Alumni
2013. 9. 26. - 7th Columbia Forum at Café Jang, Dong-seung dong.
Subject : The Cycle of Art and Life
Speaker : In-Kyu Hwang, Prosecuting Attorney, Hyung-Taek Lim.
2013. 10. 13. - CAA Korea was awarded the Regional Club Award of Excellence from Columbia
2013. 10. 26. - 2nd Golf Tournament for Pan-Columbia Alumni.
2013. 11. 23. - Band & Wine Club and pro-bono Club of CAA Korea visited and performed at
Do-Bong Silver Center.
2013. 12. 9. - CAA Korea General Assembly and Year-End Gala at Hotel Prima.
2014 – 2015 Chairman: Moon-hyun Cho
2014. 3. 21. - Reception at Banyan Tree Club in Changchung-dong.
TC President Susan Fuhrman as speaker.(about 100 in attendance)
2014. 4. 9. - CKR Endowment Fund raised and remitted US$ 107,289 to CKR
2014. 6. 20. - CAA Seoul Reception (Chosun Hotel 18:30)
Dean Boyce of SEAS and Vishaan Chakrabarti of GSAPP invited as
speakers (about 300 in attendance)
2014. 9. 26. - Celebration of Teachers College 125th year festival in Seoul, President Hotel
2014. 10. 24 - The 8th Columbia Forum at President Hotel
2014. 10. 27 - Prof. Charles Armstrong from Center for Korean Research at Columbia visitation meeting
2014. 12. 11 - 2014 Columbia Year-End-Gala in Seoul / JW Marriott at Dong Daemun Square
2016 - 2017 Chairman: Minyoung Kim