President Sparks Named Power Player in Education

POSTED ON: October 10, 2022

Laura Sparks named Power Player in Education

President Laura Sparks was recently featured by PoliticsNY as one of the 2022 Power Players in Education, a list of influential educational leaders from across New York State. In an interview last week, President Sparks spoke with PoliticsNY about the importance of an affordable education, discussing The Cooper Union’s progress against its plan to return to providing full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduate students.

Watch the full video interview with President Sparks here.

  • 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.