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Laura Sparks is the president of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and a recognized leader in higher education, finance, philanthropy, and community economic development.
Laura assumed her role at The Cooper Union on January 4, 2017. She is the 13th president of the institution and the first woman to hold the position. Her focus is on improving Cooper’s financial outlook, building collaborative efforts across the community, ensuring that the school continues to provide students with an outstanding educational experience, increasing the institution’s national visibility, and positioning the school for continued excellence in the decades ahead. With her leadership, Cooper is pursuing an ambitious and comprehensive plan to achieve full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduate students, returning Cooper to its roots of providing a free education for students from all walks of life. Financial results have exceeded goal in each of the first three years, reversing decades of deficits, which has allowed for a three-year freeze on tuition, increased scholarship levels, and new investments in academic and student life. Laura has also led a reawakening of the school’s historic Great Hall as an iconic forum where people contest and shape the important issues of our day.
Read her Messages to the Cooper community.