What do you do after you run New York City into the ground? You teach at Columbia.
“David N. Dinkins is Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs,” his faculty website proclaims. “He also serves on SIPA’s Advisory Board, chairs the Earth Institute’s NYC Sustainable Development Initiative, and hosts the annual Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum.”
“In 2003, the David N. Dinkins Professorship in the Practice of Urban and Public Affairs was established at Columbia University. The 106th Mayor of the City of New York, Mr. Dinkins began his career in public service in 1966 in the New York State Assembly. He was president of the New York City Board of Elections, then City Clerk before his elections as President of the Borough of Manhattan in 1985 and Mayor of the City of New York in 1989.”
“Mayor Dinkins instituted ‘Safe Streets, Safe City: Cops and Kids,’ the model criminal justice plan for reducing crime and expanding opportunities for the children of New York City, and established the Beacon schools.” If you were going to do a movie about Dinkins’ singular term in office, you could give it a one-word title—Exodus.
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.