Cherington plans on returning to baseball in a full-time capacity at some point, but he hasn't decided when that will be. The position at Columbia wouldn't preclude Cherington from pursuing another opportunity. Cherington has always had a desire to teach.
"The addition of Ben to our Columbia program reflects our commitment to building a curriculum that combines the real world experiences of sports industry leaders, with the academic rigor of an Ivy League University," said Vince Gennaro, director of the Columbia University Sports Management Program. "Ben and I will continue to explore additional ways in which he can add value to our students and our program."
Cherington declined an offer from the Red Sox in August to continue as GM following the hiring of new president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.
While there were multiple GM positions open in MLB in recent weeks, Cherington seemed more inclined to take a step back. Back in August, he expressed an open mind about what he would do in the future.
"I'm honored to join the team at Columbia," Cherington said in a press release. "Vince and his team have built a program that brings students and industry leaders together in the most current and impactful ways. Two of my favorite parts of working in baseball have been to collaborate with outstanding people looking to make a difference, and, to help others grow. I hope sharing my experience can help play a small role in Columbia's mission to prepare its students for a meaningful and impactful career in the sports industry."
Cherington was the general manager of the Red Sox for nearly four seasons, starting in 2012. His tenure with the Red Sox started in 1999.
The Red Sox won the World Series in 2013 with Cherington as the GM. The club finished in last place the last two seasons.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.