mbawavefan12 wrote:How the hell do you know this?
He gutted the engineering department, folded Newcomb and canned a ton of Profs post Katrina, so the argument can be made that many in academia in fact do not like him. Also he used smoke and mirrors to artificially deflate our accpetnace rate, which may not have gone over well either. Not to mention P5 presidents probably were not enamored by his attempts to break up the BCS cartel.
We have a $20mm budget gap and probably blew one of our last chances to get into a P5.....nevermind the engineering, STEM situation, business school mess and debt load. Screw that guy.
MBA, don't misunderstand, I fully agree that he made a series of terrible decisions - reviewing football/destroying STEM/maintained a deficit/etc., but I disagree wholeheartedly on how academia views him, and, for the purpose of this discussion, academia is defined as the people who fill out the US News survey - Presidents, Provosts, and the Deans of Admissions. In general, those individuals may not even be aware that Tulane cut it's STEM programs to the extent that they did, and, if they are aware, it's unlikely that those cuts would outweigh their pre-existing opinion of Tulane or the fact that Tulane was able to maintain high admissions standards post Katrina (which was/is impressive). In contrast, Cowen has received an extraordinary amount of national recognition/awards/honorary degrees for his work at Tulane and in the community - the list awards is virtually bottomless and even Time listed him as a top 10 College President at one point. Think of it through an example - if you are the Dean of Admissions of the University of Washington and you don't keep up with Tulane since you don't consider your university to be a direct competitor with Tulane, but you see that Time says that Tulane's president is in the top 10 college presidents, would you mark Tulane low on a US News Survey for that? Of course not.