Role of Intercollegiate Athletics at Tulane University
from President Scott Cowen
May 14, 2003
We have now completed two public
briefings (Friday, May 9 and Monday, May 12) on the topic of athletics.
Hundreds of people took the time to come and share their thoughts with
us. I was especially gratified by the large number of students who attended
the sessions, particularly the one Monday night. The feedback from the
meetings, combined with the input we have gotten from your e-mails, phone
calls and letters, are of great assistance to those of us involved in
the review process.
The transcript of Friday’s
meeting is posted on this website. The transcript from Monday is being
prepared and will be posted in a day or two. I encourage those interested
in the topic to review the transcripts.
Let me emphasize and clarify
some important points I made in my opening remarks at the briefing sessions.
- We will announce when the
board is ready to make its decision.
- An intercollegiate athletics
program will exist at the university under all options being discussed.
The board has never entertained an option to eliminate intercollegiate
athletics altogether at the university.
- The board is guided in its
decision-making process by what is in the best long-term interests of
the university, i.e., academically, financially and in terms of community
building; understanding that reasonable people may have differences
of opinion on what is best for the university. This is why the board,
which represents all of the university’s constituencies and has a fiduciary
responsibility, is the most appropriate group to make decisions of this
- As I am sure you will all
understand, this has been a difficult process for everyone concerned--our
alumni, our friends in the community, the athletics department, the
board and the administration. But, it is an absolutely essential process
to go through as we continue to build this university.
When other new developments
regarding this important topic occur, I will provide more updates.