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President's Medal

President Scott S. Cowen established the Tulane University President's Medal in 1999. The medal is awarded at the sole discretion of the president to individuals who have distinguished themselves by their actions and who have contributed in some manner to the well-being of Tulane University or the city of New Orleans. Unlike the honorary degree, this award may commemorate deeds other than academic achievement. Designed by Professor Emeritus Franklin Adams, the front of the medal features a sculpted TU symbol. This university emblem was first used as an architectural symbol on the exterior of two historic buildings on the uptown campus, Tilton Hall and Robert C. Cudd Hall.

Tulane University President's Medal

 Medal Recipients

 

 Position

 

 Year

 Drew Brees

 New Orleans Saints Quarterback

 2014

 Michael White

 Jazz Artist and Educator

 2014

 Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

 Musician and Founder of Horns for Schools

 2012

 Judith Rodin

 Rockefeller Foundation President

 2012

 Wendell Pierce

 Treme Star

 2012

 Wynton Marsalis

 Jazz Artist

 2011

 Anderson Cooper

 CNN Anchor and Author

 2010

 Rita Benson LeBlanc*

 Part Owner and Executive Vice President of the New Orleans Saints

 2010

 Gregg Williams*

 Defensive Coordinator of the New Orleans Saints

 2010

 Jonathan Vilma*

 Team Captain of the New Orleans Saints and Pro Bowl Linebacker

 2010

 Ellen DeGeneres

 Host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show

 2009

 James Carville

 National Political Commentator

 2008

 Mary Matalin

 National Political Commentator

 2008

 His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani

 Amir of the State of Qatar

 2008

 Brian Williams

 Managing Editor and Anchor of the NBC Nightly News

 2006

 John Breaux

 United States Senator

 2004

 Jacques Chirac

 President of France

 2002

 Karlem "Ducky" Riess

 Professor and Marshal Emeritus

 2002

 William Safire

 New York Times Columnist

 2002

 Corinne Lindy Claiborne Boggs

 Former U.S. Representative from Louisiana and Ambassador to the Vatican

 2001

 Marian Wright Edelman

 President, Children's Defense Fund

 2001

 Walter Isaacson

 Editorial Director, Time Magazine

 2000

 Cokie Roberts

 ABC Co-Anchor, This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts

 1999


 * On behalf of the New Orleans Saints organization

Office of the President Emeritus, 1555 Poydras St, Suite 700, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-274-3638 ssc@tulane.edu