Alumni Profile: Adrian Burton Jovanovic BSE ’89
During his years at Cooper Union, Adrian Burton Jovanovic BSE ’89 served as President of engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi and was founder and captain of the division-winning tennis team. Upon graduation Adrian was awarded the Cooper Union Alumni Association Award for outstanding service and later was inducted into the Society of 1859, recognizing enduring donor gifts.
After graduation, Adrian went to work for Microsoft as a Software Design Engineer and Program Manager, and then went on to found eMedia Music Corp., a leading publisher of educational music software, where he is President. Adrian has also served on several non-profit boards and serves as a City of Seattle Music Commissioner.
Adrian is co-founder and President of Committee to Save Cooper Union, which stepped in and legally challenged the tuition-charging expansionary direction set by then President Bharucha and the Board of Trustees from that period. Many of the stated objectives of the legal action paralleled CUAA resolutions on the subjects. The resulting settlement brokered by the NY Attorney General resulted in substantial reforms to transparency and governance, including requiring the board to plan for getting back to free tuition, installing a financial monitor and requiring the election of new Alumni Trustees. As a result of winning the alumni trustee election, Adrian serves on the Cooper Union Board of Trustees.
Adrian was awarded the CUAA Alumnus of the Year Award in 2016.