Retired (i.e., I can devote the time to be fully immersed in Board matters)
Relevant Skills: Project & Risk Management; led cost saving teams; trainer and coach in team effectiveness within Research and for Global Business Teams; trained executives in performance management and appraisal; trained and facilitated teams in creativity and innovation.
BChE-Cooper Union; MS ChE-Johns Hopkins U; MS Mathematics-NYU
Unilever (1962-2003) – Director and member of Laboratory Management Committee
Unilever Corporate Representative to the Industrial Research Institute, member of Research-on-Research Committee
Columbia University (2006-2011) – Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Lander & Associates (2003-2014)-President – Consultants in Project & Risk Management and Team Effectiveness
President, Association of Research Directors
Cooper Union Board of Trustees Communications Committee (non-Board Member)
To return Cooper Union to a sustainable financial condition that will restore free tuition for undergraduates, while maintaining the very highest academic standards.
The Schools of Art, Architecture and Engineering are all essential parts of the spirit of The Cooper Union and must be maintained. I will not consider suggestions that we save money by closing any of them.
To have our school known for projects and activities that have social value.
To have our faculty recognized for their excellence throughout the academic world.
Short term goals:
Develop a Mission Statement that includes free tuition for undergraduates.
Hire a President who fully supports that Mission.
Develop a financial plan (including a risk assessment) that will be sustainable over the long term (i.e., no “quick fix” that will fail in a few years).
Restore a sense of shared community and trust across all segments of the Cooper family – faculty, students, alumni, administration and Board of Trustees
I am passionate about getting back to free tuition quickly, but without unwise risks that got us into the current financial troubles. I will personally dig into our financial data to understand the details.
My experiences in the corporate, academic and government worlds have given me the skills to work effectively with all parties to restore a cooperative community to The Cooper Union.
I have a track record of developing out-of-the-box solutions to seemingly intractable problems and implementing those solutions effectively,