George E. Rupp ’67 B.D.

George Rupp is the Chair of the International Baccalaureate Organization and Adjunct Professor of Religion, Public Health, and International Affairs at Columbia University as well as a visiting scholar at Columbia’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.

Dr. Rupp served as President of the International Rescue Committee from 2002 to 2013. As the IRC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Rupp led a staff of more than 12,000 colleagues and oversaw the agency’s relief and development operations in over 40 countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs in 22 cities in the United States.  During his tenure, the IRC increased its service delivery along with its advocacy efforts Washington, New York, London, Brussels, Geneva, Nairobi, and Bangkok.

Before joining the IRC, Dr. Rupp served as President of Columbia University. Earlier, hewas President of Rice University and the John Lord O’Brian Professor of Divinity and Dean of Harvard Divinity School. 

Educated in Europe and Asia as well as the United States, he is the author of numerous articles and six books, including Beyond Individualism: the Challenge of Inclusive Communities (2015).

In 2015, Dr. Rupp was the recipient of the Yale Divinity School Lux et Veritas Award.