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JAMES J. VALENTINI^^Dean of Columbia College

James J. Valentini was appointed Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education in September 2011. Affectionately called “Deantini” by Columbia undergraduates, Dean Valentini has been a member of Columbia’s faculty since 1990 and previously served as chair of the Chemistry Department and director of the Chemistry Department’s Undergraduate Studies Program.

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DREW SILVERSTEIN^'16BUS^Co-founder, CEO at Amper Music, Inc.

Drew Silverstein ‘16BUS is the CEO and co-founder of Amper Music. Founded in 2014, Amper Music combines the highest levels of artistry with groundbreaking technology to empower anyone to create unique, professional music, instantly. He is part of the Forbes class of 2018 "30 Under 30" list for music. Prior to Amper Music, Drew was an award-winning composer, producer, and songwriter for film, television, and video games in Los Angeles at Sonic Fuel Studios. Drew graduated from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, where he studied Music Composition and Italian, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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