President's Office

Lawrence Cacciatore

Chief of Staff & Secretary to the Board of Trustees
(212) 353-4250 |

Eric Conley

Assistant to the President
212-353-4241 |

Gerardo del Cerro Santamaria

Research Professor of Planning and Megaprojects & Senior Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Innovation
212-353-4321 |

William Mea

Acting President & Vice President - Finance and Administration
212-353-4150 |

Gloria Nicholas

Administrative Assistant
212-353-4248 |

Laura Sparks


  • 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.