Presidential Perspectives of Dr. Jared Cohon-The Leadership of Carnegie Mellon University - Carnegie Mellon University

Thought Series

Presidential Perspectives was an occasional series written by Carnegie Mellon president, Dr. Jared Cohon.

Carnegie Mellon — The Global Energy Future [.pdf]

Carnegie Mellon — The Global Energy Future

Carnegie Mellon University has made an unprecedented commitment to expand its capacity to shape the world’s energy future. As is always the case when the university makes major strategic investments, we are doing this because we believe that it is an issue of urgent importance for the United States and the world and that CMU’s unique strengths can make a significant contribution to solving this most serious global challenge …


Carnegie Mellon — A Game Changer: The Open Learning Initiative [.pdf]

Carnegie Mellon — A Game Changer: The Open Learning Initiative

On December 5, 2011, I was one of ten university presidents invited to the White House to meet with PresidentBarack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss a critical issue: how to reduce costs and improve the productivity of U.S. higher education. The other presidents there represented some of the nation's largest public university systems (Maryland, New York, and Texas among them) …


Carnegie Mellon — Brain, Mind & Learning: The Next Frontier [.pdf]

Carnegie Mellon — Brain, Mind & Learning: The Next Frontier

In 2008, Carnegie Mellon announced its revised strategic plan, an update of the one created in 1998, at the beginning of my presidency. The new strategic plan includes a honed list of research priorities that had come to the fore in the previous ten years. Although they are all important, three of them deserve mention here …


Carnegie Mellon — The Role of the Research University In Pittsburgh's Renaissance [.pdf]

Carnegie Mellon — The Role of the Research University In Pittsburgh's Renaissance

The international spotlight focused on Carnegie Mellon and the city of Pittsburgh in September as a result of a series of high profile events, including the dedication of the Gates and Hillman Centers, the new home for the School of Computer Science on our Pittsburgh campus, and the gathering of world leaders for the G-20 Summit …


Carnegie Mellon — the Impact of Philanthropy [.pdf]

Carnegie Mellon — the Impact of Philanthropy

One of the high points of 2007, for me, was the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy ceremonies. The Carnegie Medal is awarded every two years to some of the world's most generous and innovative philanthropists …


Carnegie Mellon and Freedom of Expression [.pdf]

Carnegie Mellon and Freedom of Expression

My thanks to the many people who commented on the first entry in the Presidential Perspectives series. "Carnegie Mellon and the Flattening World" elicited generally positive reactions …


Carnegie Mellon and the Flattening World [.pdf]

Carnegie Mellon and the Flattening World

Thomas L. Friedman's book The World is Flat has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention since its publication in April. Friedman, a New York Times columnist and longtime observer of global political …