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Dr. Howard Cohen
Dr. Howard Cohen Executive Director & Senior Associate
Chancellor Emeritus, Purdue University Northwest

215 10th Ave So. #733 Minneapolis, MN 55415


Specialties: Coaching interim presidents and new presidents, academic planning for provosts and deans, leadership team development

About Dr. Howard Cohen
Since 1970, Dr. Howard Cohen has held numerous academic and administrative appointments at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He served as chancellor at Purdue University Calumet for 10 years before retiring from that post in 2011. In 2012-13 Dr. Cohen served as Interim President at SUNY Buffalo State.

Dr. Cohen continues to serve as a professor of philosophy at Purdue Calumet and has been a faculty member for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) New Presidents Academy. His academic interests have focused on ethics and social philosophy, particularly on questions related to the obligations of persons in positions of authority.

Service Highlights:

  • Chair, Professional Development Committee, American Association of State College and University (AASCU)
  • Member, AASCU Council of State Representatives
  • Member, AASCU Policies and Practices Committee
  • Treasurer, Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority
  • Chair, Northwest Indiana Forum Education Committee
  • Board member, Northwest Indiana Forum
  • Board member and chair, Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana¬†
  • Board of Directors, Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors, Lake County Boys and Girls Club
  • Board of Directors, Legacy Foundation
  • Advisory Board, Purdue Institute for Civic Communication
  • Board of Directors, Hammond Academy of Science and Technology
  • Indiana Bicentennial Commission


  • Businessperson of the Year, Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
  • Experiential Education Higher Education Leader of the Year (2007), National Society of Experiential Education
  • Honorary professor at Central South University, Changsha, China
  • Honorary professor at North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China
  • Distinguished Hoosier, by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
  • Innovation Fellow, Society of Innovators


  • Ph.D., M.A., Harvard University
  • B.A., University of Minnesota