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Dear members of the Cooper Union Community,

It is a distinct honor to succeed George Campbell as the twelfth President of this extraordinary institution. I am grateful to the trustees and the search committee for their confidence in me, and to President George Campbell and Mary Campbell for their warm welcome.

Since the time of my appointment in February, I have enjoyed getting to know members of the Cooper Union family: students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends of the institution. Thanks to the fabulous pro-active work of the staff, I already have begun the process of reaching out and listening to constituents - a process I plan to continue in July. I have met with the student Ad Chairs, groups of faculty, the Academic Council, and trustees and friends in several venues. I look forward to spending more time with the faculty and staff over the summer at the planned transition gatherings. I also look forward to meeting alumni around the world, and to hear about your Cooper Union experience and your hopes and aspirations.

On the eve of Commencement I attended the opening of the End Of Year Show, and was dazzled by the most brilliant and concentrated burst of creative energy I have ever witnessed at any college. Finally, Peter Cooper's vision and example as an innovator, entrepreneur and agent for social change has been a source of immense inspiration as I have immersed myself in the history of Cooper Union and its founder.

Jessie and I are thrilled about moving to New York and engaging in the vibrant life of Cooper Union and its community.

We look forward to getting to know you!

Jamshed Bharucha

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.