Office of the President

October 26, 2015

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is actively seeking a new president.

The Presidential Search Committee will guide the search. The committee is co-chaired by trustees Eric Hirschhorn ME’89 and Johnny C. Taylor Jr.  Other trustee members are Kevin Slavin A’95Robert Tan AR’91, Jessica Marshall EE’17 and Richard Lincer, chairman of the board of trustees. Faculty members are Associate Professor Day Gleeson of the School of Art, Professor Anne Griffin of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Adjunct Professor Robert Marano of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. Additionally there will be one Faculty Observer appointed to the Presidential Search Committee.

The PSC has engaged the recruitment firm Korn Ferry to aid in its search. Nominations are welcome.


  • 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.