Olger Cornelius Twyner III

Olger C. Twyner, III, is currently the Executive Director of Community Impact at Columbia University.  He graduated summa cum laude from Jackson State University and holds a J.D. and M.B.A. from The Ohio State University College of Law and Columbia Business School, respectively.  Twyner was the first African American to serve as a federal judicial clerk in Mississippi. In the field of public interest law, he practiced law with Southeast Mississippi Legal Services, served as coordinator of the NYU Public Interest Law Center, and worked as Development Director for the Mississippi Center for Justice.  Additionally, he has held executive roles at Xavier University of Louisiana and Row New York. Twyner is uniquely positioned to strengthen collaboration between Columbia and the surrounding communities, as he is a Columbia alumnus, was the founding director of the Columbia Business School Community Collaboration, and is former Executive Director and President of Double Discovery Center (DDC).  He is an active member of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association, an avid New York Yankees fan, and enjoys cooking and international travel.