Dr. Cohon with students at Senior Celebration 2010
Carnegie Mellon University's Board of Trustees, with support from the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, has extended Jared L. Cohon's term as president by one year. His current and third five-year term ends in June 2012. With the extension he will have three remaining years as president through June 2013, allowing him the time necessary to complete and make significant progress on key initiatives. Mark Kamlet, executive vice president and provost of the university, agreed to extend his term as well for another year through June 2013.
"Jared Cohon has been an exceptional leader for Carnegie Mellon University. His vision and passion have defined the university's place in history as we have grown our global presence. This extension is important for us to enable strategic initiatives, such as achieving the goals of our capital campaign, completing our expanded campus master plan, and accelerating our global education programs and various groundbreaking research endeavors," said Carnegie Mellon Chairman of the Board Raymond J. Lane, a managing partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. "Jared Cohon has fostered the growth of Carnegie Mellon's uniquely collaborative style in education, research and development. The board thanks him for agreeing to stay on an additional year."
Following the announcement of his extension, Cohon sent a university-wide email lauding faculty, staff and student accomplishments as well as outlining his priorities for the next three years of his tenure. Among his priorities are international programs, including CMU's campus in Qatar.
The international reach of Carnegie Mellon, which includes programs in Asia, Australia and Europe, enhances the academic experience for its students. The university graduated its third class from Carnegie Mellon Qatar this year. Forty men and 45 women chosen from an applicant pool of 1,334 comprise the Class of 2010.
"Carnegie Mellon University is extremely proud of our Qatar campus," Cohon said. "Our exemplary students have excelled within CMU Qatar's three rigorous and demanding majors in business administration, computer science and information systems. I look forward to seeing the positive impact these men and women will have on the world."
In his email to the university community, Cohon said the university will continue to pursue new international opportunities if they extend Carnegie Mellon's global reach and impact, while adhering to the core principles that assure that Carnegie Mellon controls all important aspects of the programs in a manner consistent with university policy.
Cohon said the university's history of innovation and accomplishment is a source of pride for everyone at CMU.
"Last year, we saw more major awards for our faculty (election to the national academies and key national awards for junior and senior faculty), students (Churchill, Truman and Goldwater scholarships and a U.S. Supreme Court internship) and alumni (two more Nobel Prizes and several Oscar, Emmy and Tony nominations)," Cohon wrote. "These awards are wonderful examples of our faculty and student excellence and powerful reminders of the knowledge and skills our alumni transfer from Carnegie Mellon to their careers and communities."
He said faculty, staff and students in every college and school produced results that had an impact in a wide range of areas, from economics, health care, energy and environmental policy, to computer security, new materials, the search for cures for human diseases like cancer and autism, and developments in energy-saving technologies and automated language translation.
High on the list of research and educational initiatives is energy and the environment. President Cohon said there has been much progress on this front, including substantially increased funding from the U.S. Government.
"Currently, we are part of an exciting new consortium with regional university partners and the U.S. Department of Energy. The consortium will be launched this fall, and there is a plan to establish a new institute within Carnegie Mellon. The university's interests are wide-ranging, we are focused on transitioning from fossil fuels to their alternatives, a very complicated, decades-long process replete with science, technology and policy challenges," Cohon wrote.
You can read the full text of President Cohon's university-wide email on his website at http://www.cmu.edu/about/leadership/president/index.shtml
For more on the term extensions for President Cohon and Executive Vice President and Provost Kamlet, visit http://www.cmu.edu/news/archive/2010/August/aug17_cmuleadershipextended.shtml