Scott Cowen Teaches Leadership

by Mary Sparacello | Tulane New Wave
It is a Tuesday morning, and Scott Cowen is engaging Tulane University undergraduates in a spirited discussion on a topic he knows well: leadership. President Emeritus and Distinguished University Chair Cowen asks the students probing questions and peppers his lecture with anecdotes from his own experience as well as erudite references to articles and books.

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The Mythology and Reality of Leadership – Scott Cowen is teaching course at Tulane

The purpose of Dr. Cowen's course is to develop the next generation of leaders for our country and the world. The study of leadership begins with a conceptual understanding of the genealogies and evolution of leadership theory. It follows with students gaining practical knowledge about different leadership styles, traits, and characteristics through case studies and personal interactions with proven leaders. The course also creates an opportunity for students to assess and demonstrate their leadership capabilities and to develop a personal leadership plan for the future...

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Tulane President Stood Up to Hurricane Katrina—and Won

by Claire Hall | University of Connecticut School of Business Website
When Tulane University President Scott Cowen bid farewell to the Class of 2005, he had no idea that in just four months, everything the then-171-year-old university embodied would be in jeopardy. When Hurricane Katrina, the historic and catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, made landfall in New Orleans, and the levees could no longer contain the water, parts of the Tulane campus became a lake. The Big Easy was in shambles. More than 1,500 people died in Louisiana alone. The school’s 13,000 students, and nearly 7,000 employees, packed up and left. “I don’t think I’m up to the task,” Cowen recalls telling his wife, Marjorie, in a discussion about rebuilding the university just a week after the disaster. “I don’t know where to begin.” “Somehow I searched for the internal fortitude to help guide the city, and the university, back on the right path.”

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Heroes of the Recovery

by Laura Claverie | New Orleans Magazine
It is often said that in the darkest of times heroes emerge. Through wars, economic downturns and natural disasters, Americans have learned this harsh lesson well. No city knows more about dark times and the heroes that are spawned than New Orleans. Every person who came home after the Hurricane Katrina diaspora and rolled up his or her sleeves and rebuilt this city is a hero. Every family member who cared for evacuees is a hero. But it took the innovation and courage of some local residents to take charge of our citizen-led recovery. These New Orleanians are some of the heroes who saw a need and filled it with energy, vision, selflessness and unsinkable spirit. Today, New Orleans is more galvanized and nimble than ever in its history. If the adage “out of bad comes good” is correct, these are some of the extraordinary local heroes who represented all that was good in this city’s darkest moment.

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Guest column: The New Orleans model for revival after Hurricane Katrina

by Scott Cowen | The Advocate
Nonprofit leaders, businesspeople, government officials, philanthropists and resident leaders from across the country are in New Orleans today and tomorrow to decipher the secret of “comeback communities.” How do cities like New Orleans rebound from hardship? More practically, what makes communities resilient and how can all of us drive efforts to strengthen our communities?

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Scott Cowen returns to Case Western Reserve University as trustee

by Timothy Magaw | Crain's Cleveland Business
Scott Cowen — a nationally respected higher education leader who once served as dean of the Weatherhead School of Management — is coming home in a sense as a new trustee at Case Western Reserve University. Cowen retired earlier this year as president of Tulane University in New Orleans. His tenure at Case Western Reserve — first as a faculty member, then as the Weatherhead dean — spanned more than two decades. “Scott brings a unique blend of experience within Case Western Reserve and as a nationally respected leader in higher education,” board chairman Chuck Fowler said in a news release. “We are delighted that he now will bring us all of that knowledge and insight as a trustee.”

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Commentary: You Don’t Need a Hurricane to Know Which Way the Wind Blows

by Scott Cowen | Chronicle of Higher Education
The call for change in academe has grown ever louder in recent years, with critics faulting colleges for a failure to address crucial issues of accessibility, affordability, accountability, and value, and for a lack of innovation, especially technologically. For those of us who have spent our lives in higher education, it’s a time for soul-searching and reflection, as our institutions face increasing skepticism.

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MSNBC Interview with Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell talks to former Tulane University president Scott Cowen about his new book “The Inevitable City,” which tells the story of the resurgence of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Walter Isaacson also joins the conversation.

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OP-ED: Remembering Katrina

Even though it is the ninth anniversary and not the all-important tenth, I want to acknowledge the date of Katrina's landfall. As time passes, August 29th, 2005 becomes ever more significant as the inauguration of a stunning transformation...

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Nine years past Katrina, Scott Cowen reflects on the New Orleans school ‘experiment’: HuffPo

By Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Former Tulane University President Scott Cowen cheers the massive changes in the New Orleans education system that followed Hurricane Katrina in a Huffington Post essay. In the fall of 2005, the state took over 80 percent of the city's public schools. "The turnaround of New Orleans' public schools -- only 5.7 percent are now failing compared to 65 percent pre-Katrina -- has been critical to the resurgence of the city as a whole," he wrote in the days leading up to the ninth anniversary of the storm.

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