Campus update: While we've worked hard to preserve the possibility that students could return, the remainder of the spring semester will be conducted online. Staff will work remotely until at least April 20. See the Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates page.

President's Cabinet

The President's Cabinet is composed of the senior leadership of the college, including deans, associate deans, vice presidents and members of the president's senior staff. The cabinet meets regularly to address issues that impact Cooper Union. The meetings afford the Cabinet opportunities to discuss areas for collaboration, make recommendations to the President, discuss strategic plans and assist in the implementation of Cooper Union's overall mission. The members of the Cabinet include:

Nada Ayad, assistant dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Natalie Brooks, chief talent leader

Mark Campbell, vice president for enrollment
 
 

Christopher Chamberlin dean of students

Terri Coppersmith, vice president of Alumni Affairs and Development

Hayley Eber, assistant dean, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Mike Essl, dean of the School of Art

Adriana Farmiga, associate dean of the School of Art

Anne Griffin, acting dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mindy Lang, creative director

Kim Newman, media relations manager

John Ruth, vice president, finance and administration

Ruben Savizky, associate dean, Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Lisa Shay, associate dean for educational innovation, Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Barry Shoop, dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering  

Nader Tehrani, dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Antoinette Torres, vice president, institutional effectiveness

Charlotte Wessell, director of the Office of the President and board relations

  • 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.