Richard Stock Announced Acting Dean of Engineering 8/6/2015

To All Members of the Cooper Union Community:

I am pleased to announce that Professor Richard Stock, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, will become acting dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering for the 2015-16 academic year, effective immediately. Richard has been a member of the Cooper faculty since 1994 and he has served for the past several years as president of The Cooper Union Federation of College Teachers (CUFCT). Please join me in welcoming Richard to this new role.

In my conversations with engineering faculty, I frequently heard praise for Richard’s deep knowledge of Cooper and his strong working relationships with faculty and staff across the institution. I am convinced that his experience and perspectives will help us frame the ongoing conversation about Cooper’s future in ways that respect our academic and working cultures and embrace the many points of view we must consider to plan successfully. Richard and I also have discussed and agree about the importance of using this moment to help stabilize our community.

While Richard will step down as department chair and CUFCT president, I am confident that those experiences will be invaluable to all of us in his work as acting dean. I look forward to his leadership and ask that you provide him your full cooperation and support in his important new role.


Bill Mea
Acting President

For more information on Richard Stock see his profile here.


Nader Tehrani Announced New Dean of Architecture 7/1/2015

From The Office of the President:

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I am delighted to announce the appointment of Nader Tehrani as dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. Nader joins The Cooper Union from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has served as professor and formerly as head of its Department of Architecture. I know you will join me in excited anticipation of Nader’s leadership at Cooper.

William E. Mea


More information can be found on the Cooper Union Website and in the following articles:

Architectural Record Article

Dezeen Article

MIT News Article


Chris Chamberlin now reports directly to Bill Mea 1/12/2015

8-12-15 letter about Chris ChanberlainEffective immediately, Christopher Chamberlin, Dean of Students, will report directly to me and no longer to Vice President Steven P. Baker.  Chris will be responsible for all Student Affairs, including but not limited to, Orientation, Residence Life, Student Activities, and Career Development.  Vice President Baker will no longer have responsibility for and will no be involved in Student Affairs.  He will continue to report to me and retain responsibility for Athletics and Community Relations.







Message from Cooper’s Board Of Trustees 6/23/2015

Dear Alumni:

I am writing on behalf of the Board of Trustees to offer assurance that the quality of the educational experience our students receive will remain our top priority in this transition period and for the future. Cooper’s vice president for finance and administration, William Mea, will assume interim leadership responsibilities on July 1. We expect to begin a series of campus meetings in coming weeks to reengage with the alumni community about our shared principles and the next chapter for The Cooper Union. In the fall, the board will form a presidential search committee that will include representation from faculty, students and alumni.

Our faculty continue to attract classes of top students who demonstrate exceptional talent and preparation. I invite you to see the recently released data on the class to enroll this fall, as well as the recent online “snapshots” of new graduates in each school: art, architecture and engineering. Cooper’s students are the best reason we can work with confidence for its future.

We continue to confront the lawsuit stemming from the change in the scholarship policy. The need to avoid public comment about the litigation has been frustrating but we remain hopeful about an outcome that can serve Cooper well. It is worth underscoring that speculation on social media about potential outcomes in the case is conjecture.

I want to close by assuring you of our commitment to the students. Our budget provides for the maintenance of all scholarships at the level provided to students when they first enroll, ensuring one of the best educations in America. We look forward to greater community engagement and I invite you to direct any questions to We will do our best to respond meaningfully.


Richard Lincer
Chairman, Board of Trustees

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