Tulane University President to Outline Recovery in New Orleans

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(Boston) — Tulane University President Scott S. Cowen will address displaced Tulane students, their parents and Greater Boston Tulane alumni on December 1 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center as part of a series of informational sessions on the rebuilding of Tulane and New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Tulane University was forced to cancel its fall semester but will begin its spring semester on January 17, 2006.

Cowen’s visit is hosted by Boston University President Robert A. Brown, and sponsored by BU Board of Trustees’ Chairman Alan M. Leventhal and his wife Sherry, a Tulane Law School graduate.

“Tulane is an outstanding institution with a great reputation,” said Brown. “We are fully supportive and enthusiastically cooperating in their effort to re-acquaint alumni, students and their families with the city and the university post-Katrina.”

More than 320 Tulane students are enrolled at BU as visiting students this semester, the most in the Northeast. Several hundred other Tulane students are attending colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area and have been invited. The program will provide an overview of the progress Tulane has made in planning its reopening as well as an update on the city’s rebuilding effort.

Tulane students who attended BU and other colleges are expected to return to New Orleans. Tulane’s enrollment exceeds 13,000 students and the university is the city’s largest employer.

Cowen serves on New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s Bring New Orleans Back Commission and chairs a subcommittee charged with developing a plan to rebuild and reform the Orleans Parish educational system. For the last several years, New Orleans schools have been in serious decline and are now facing an even more uncertain future. Cowen will elaborate on the role of higher education in the planning and reform process as well as the university’s own efforts to charter a K-12 school for 1,000 students.