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:

Natalie Brooks, chief talent leader

Peter Buckley, acting dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Christopher Chamberlin dean of students

Danielle Cooper Daughtry, governance and external affairs officer and secretary to the Board of Trustees

Mike Essl, dean of the School of Art

Adriana Farmiga, assistant dean of the School of Art

Nicole Kidston, interim vice president of alumni affairs and development

Mindy Lang, creative director

Kim Newman, media relations manager

Elizabeth O'Donnell, associate dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Anita Raja, associate dean of research and graduate programs of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering

John Ruth, vice president, finance and administration

Richard Stock, dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering

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

Antoinette Torres, director of strategic initiatives and institutional effectiveness

 

  • 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.