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Scott S. Cowen - Case Western Reserve University 2011 Commencement Convocation Keynote Address

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Published on May 15, 2011

Tulane University president Scott S. Cowen addresses the university's celebration of leaders and scholars at the annual Commencement ceremony.

May 15th, 2011 @ Veale Convocation Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

More about Scott S. Cowen - Scott Cowen, former professor and dean of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, is Tulane University's 14th president. He also holds appointments as the Seymour S. Goodman Memorial Professor of Business in Tulane's A.B. Freeman School of Business and professor of economics in its School of Liberal Arts.

At Case Western, Cowen helped transform business education, gaining international renown for the Weatherhead School of Management.

His efforts at Tulane have also been transformative, prompting TIME magazine to name him one of the nation's top 10 best college presidents and Newsweek to name Tulane one of the "Hottest Schools in America." Since his arrival at Tulane in 1998, the university has more than doubled the level of private giving it receives and boasts record levels of research awards, academic innovation and student interest. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which inflicted more than $650 million in damages and losses to Tulane alone, Cowen led rebuilding efforts both on campus and in the city of New Orleans, helping remake the city's public education and health care systems. He also made Tulane the first major research university in the nation to require public service from all its undergraduates.

For his community leadership he was awarded the Times-Picayune's Loving Cup, which honors a New Orleanian who has worked unselfishly for the community without expectation of recognition or material reward. He was also honored in 2010 by New Orleans CityBusiness as one of the 30 "Driving Forces" in New Orleans in the last 30 years.

In 2010, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was recently appointed to the White House Council for Community Solutions to advise the president on mobilizing citizens, nonprofits and businesses to address community needs.

Cowen received his bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut in 1968. After a three-year term in the U.S. Army he went back to school and received his masters and doctoral degrees from the George Washington University in the fields of finance and management, respectively.

He and his wife, Marjorie, have four children and three grandchildren.

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