Tulane University president to step down in 2014

May 31, 2013

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210


Scott S. Cowen will retire as Tulane University's 14th President effective July 1, 2014.

Tulane University President Scott S. Cowen announced today that he intends to retire as the university’s president in 2014.  In an email to the university community, Cowen explained his decision to leave the post he has held for 15 years. Here is Cowen’s message:

Dear Colleagues, Alumni, Students, Parents and Friends:

I recently informed the Board of Tulane of my intention to retire as Tulane University's 14th President effective July 1, 2014. This decision was an extremely difficult one for Margie and me because of our devotion to Tulane and New Orleans, our adopted home. Above all, however, it is our deep affection and respect for all of you and what we have experienced together in the past that makes this decision particularly emotional and personal for us.   

When I began my presidency in 1998, I told the Board that I would serve a 10-year term. Of course, Hurricane Katrina dramatically changed that timetable as we all committed to rebuilding and re-imagining Tulane and New Orleans. Our focus and determination to persevere created a powerful bond amongst all of us that ultimately led to Tulane’s extraordinary recovery. Today, because of our collective efforts, Tulane is vibrant, distinctive and well-positioned to address the new opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.  

The next decade promises to be a transformative one for higher education and Tulane. The university is now at a vital and exciting stage as it moves forward with the implementation of an ambitious strategic plan and undertakes an equally ambitious fundraising campaign. As Tulane embarks on this next journey, it would be best served with presidential leadership prepared to guide it for another decade or more.     

Margie and I will save our thank-yous and goodbyes for a later date. In the meantime, we will remain fully engaged with our work at Tulane until our last day in office. Our dedication to and passion for Tulane demands nothing less, as critically important work lies ahead over these next 13 months.

It is a privilege and honor to be part of such a devoted and talented community. I am confident and optimistic about Tulane’s future, and I look forward to working with you next year as we continue to advance this great university.

This is my last regular Tulane Talk for this academic year but I will stay in touch during the summer as news and events dictate.  I do wish you a summer filled with fun, relaxation and great weather.

With much fondness and appreciation,


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