Board of Tulane forming search committee

June 4, 2013

Dear Tulane Community,
You recently received correspondence from Scott Cowen, announcing his pending retirement next year from the Tulane Presidency.
There will be many occasions in the next year to recognize Scott and Margie, but this is our first public opportunity to thank both for their extraordinary contributions to Tulane University.  Scott and Margie have our deepest gratitude and appreciation for 15 years of passionate, principled and courageous leadership at Tulane, and in the New Orleans community.  In particular, their incredible leadership post-Katrina allowed for the reinvention of Tulane, as well as a renaissance of their beloved adopted City of New Orleans, and has led to the great potential and optimism we now enjoy as a university and city.
Looking ahead, let us offer a few comments. First, we’re confident that Scott will continue to fulfill his duties as president of the university at full speed, with his trademark enthusiasm and effectiveness, up until his last day in the President’s office. Knowing Scott as we all do, there is no question about his ongoing energy, focus, and commitment to meet every challenge, and take advantage of every opportunity to help Tulane achieve its lofty aspirations.
Secondly, know that the Board of Administrators is fully committed to identifying outstanding new leadership that will continue our progress and build on the achievements during Scott’s tenure.  Consistent with this commitment, the Board is in the process of finalizing a Search Committee, establishing the principles of the process, and developing a timeline that contemplates the announcement of Tulane’s new President by this calendar year end with a start date of July 1, 2014.  As we make more progress, we will report additional information regarding the search process to the Tulane community.
We thank each of you for your support and dedication to Tulane.


Jay Lapeyre  (Outgoing board chair)
Darryl Berger (Incoming board chair)

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000