Off Campus Is Now the Place to Be for Deans

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Yana Paskova for The Chronicle

Feniosky Peña-Mora, dean of Columbia U.'s engineering school: "It has become a leadership position, almost like a CEO of a company."

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Yana Paskova for The Chronicle

Feniosky Peña-Mora, dean of Columbia U.'s engineering school: "It has become a leadership position, almost like a CEO of a company."

Feniosky Peña-Mora may be the epitome of the new college dean. No longer middle managers with an inward-facing focus on academics, deans such as Mr. Peña-Mora, who leads Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, are stepping off their campuses to fill the roles of college ambassador, chief visionary, and major fund raiser.

Three to four nights a week, Mr. Peña-Mora goes out to dinner with donors or attends school-related activities. He