Message from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees 5-8-13

Earlier today I was informed that approximately 40 Cooper Union students made their way into the Office of the President and are currently engaged in a sit-in in his office.  President Jamshed Bharucha has the full and unequivocal support of the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Union.  Over the past two years, members of the Board have engaged in spirited and at times intense debate concerning the issues that led us to vote to alter the full tuition scholarship policy.  We remain absolutely unanimous in our support of President Bharucha to lead The Cooper Union in this critical time.

Mark Epstein

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.