Lawrence Cacciatore

Chief of Staff & Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Lawrence Cacciatore is Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Cooper Union. As the Chief of Staff, he provides direct staff support to the President on academic and administrative activities, oversees the operations of the chief executive office and serves as the liaison between the President and the senior leadership team.  He also coordinates institutional initiatives and interfaces with accreditation and government agencies, and performs other crucial functions in the President’s Office. A member of the President’s Cabinet, Mr. Cacciatore assists in the development of near-term and long-term strategic planning for the institution. 

As Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Mr. Cacciatore is an officer of The Cooper Union.  He provides staff support to the Board of Trustees, serves as the President’s liaison to the trustees and coordinates all activities of the Board and its standing committees.

Prior to joining The Cooper Union, Mr. Cacciatore was Director of Special Projects at The New School.

Mr. Cacciatore holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Higher Education Administration, both from New York University.

  • 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.