I chose my words carefully in 2013 when I announced my plans to retire as president of Tulane University.

I tried to make sure my colleagues and friends knew I was retiring from the presidency of Tulane, not from work or life! In addition to promoting my new book, The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America, I will also continue my efforts to improve K-12 education in New Orleans and my work with Opportunity Youth.more

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Scott Cowen led Tulane through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Now he has ideas on how to fix higher education.

by Jeffrey J. Selingo | The Washington Post
I first met Scott Cowen in Houston a few days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, flooding much of the city. Cowen was president of Tulane University, which had just canceled the fall semester for its 12,000 students. The senior leadership of the New Orleans university was operating from a hotel suite some 350 miles from home, and I went there to write about how the 171-year-old institution with an $810 million endowment would rebuild. More

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