Scott Cowen: ‘New Orleanian of the Year’

January 6, 2012 5:43 AM

Carol J. Schlueter

He’s a New Jersey native, but Scott Cowen has called the Crescent City home since 1998 when he became president of Tulane University. Now Gambit weekly has acknowledged his role in leading the resurgence of Tulane and its home city, naming him a “New Orleanian of the Year 2012.”


Gambit weekly writes that Tulane President Scott Cowen “helped his school and his adopted city after Hurricane Katrina. Both are now stronger than ever.” (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

He shares the annual honor from Gambit with education reformer Leslie Jacobs. An illustration of the two honorees, with President Cowen wearing a mortar board and carrying a football emblazoned with the Green Wave logo, graces the cover of the news and entertainment publication this week.

An accompanying article says the Tulane president “helped his school and his adopted city after Hurricane Katrina. Both are now stronger than ever.”

The story cites Cowen’s work on behalf of schools through the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, his leadership in rebuilding Tulane and launching a public service requirement for undergraduate students, and his service to the city.

Jay Lapeyre, president of the Business Council of New Orleans, praised the choice of the two honorees, saying both share a “deep commitment and passion for improving our community.”

Lapeyre, who is chair of the Board of Tulane and also a member of Jacobs’ Educate Now! nonprofit organization, said in the article, “They have each brought clear, principled decision making and extraordinary perseverance and leadership to many of the recovery and reform initiatives critical to the future of our city and region.”


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