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Contact: Kyle Fisher Morabito or Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
May 20, 2002

University President Jared L. Cohon is Reappointed for a Second Five-Year Term

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's board of trustees today approved the reappointment of Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon for a second five-year term.

"It's clear that Jared Cohon's strategic and collaborative leadership brings Carnegie Mellon's interdisciplinary and highly entrepreneurial community together to focus on common goals," Erroll B. Davis Jr., chairman of the board of trustees, said. "His vision and his leadership style are powerful assets to help Carnegie Mellon achieve even greater successes in the years ahead."

Cohon became president of Carnegie Mellon in 1997.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead Carnegie Mellon as we pursue our strategic plan and seek new ways to apply our distinctive approach to education, research and innovation transfer to benefit society and business," said Cohon. "Carnegie Mellon fosters collaborative problem-solving in a holistic environment that blends technology and the sciences with the arts, humanities, business and policy. Innovation, problem-solving, collaboration—all expressed within a diverse and energetic community—these are the values that shaped this institution 100 years ago and continue to characterize our success as one of the nation's leading research universities. Now more than ever, these strengths match up with important, emerging needs in our complex world."

Cohon is a nationally recognized authority on environmental and water resource systems analysis, a discipline that combines engineering, economics and applied mathematics. He is chairman of the federal Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. He is a member of the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness, which focuses on U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership.

Cohon recently was named one of Pittsburgh's "Top 50" business leaders by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cohon and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg were named "Pittsburghers of the Year" in 2001 by Pittsburgh Magazine for their initiatives to bolster the economic development of the region. They are co-chairs of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, a consortium aimed at building the region's biotechnology industry and adding 5,000 new jobs, and the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse, which has a similar mission for the information technology sector.

Cohon earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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