Scott Cowen is President Emeritus and Distinguished University Chair of Tulane University. He served as Tulane’s 14th president from July 1998 through June 2014 and has been named one of the top college presidents in the nation by Time. Newsweek twice declared Tulane, under his leadership, one of the “Hottest Schools in America.” Cowen is a former chair of the Association of American Universities and the recipient of several national awards, including the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award and the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education.
Cowen teaches the SISE Leadership for Collective Impact Course. He has been a leader in New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina, which inflicted more than $650 million in damages to Tulane alone. Cowen has been widely praised for helping to transform New Orleans’ K-12 public schools and health care system after the storm. In 2014, his book The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America was published. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, which advised President Barack Obama on the needs of disconnected youth.
Cowen received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and his master’s and doctorate in business administration from The George Washington University.