Chancellor, Purdue University Calumet
Howard Cohen has been chancellor at Purdue University Calumet since July 2001. He also holds an appointment as professor of philosophy. Cohen was previously provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay from 1995-2001. Prior to those appointments, he served as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs from 1993-95 and dean of the School of Liberal Arts from 1991-93 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Prior to his time in Wisconsin, Cohen was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Cohen is the author of two books: Power and Restraint: The Moral Dimension of Police Work (with Michael Feldberg) and Equal Rights for Children. He has also written extensively on philosophical issues relating to the exercise of authority. He has taught and consulted extensively on police authority and police ethics. His current interests include the ethical responsibilities of leadership.
Cohen earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1966 and both a master's degree and a PhD in philosophy from Harvard University in 1970 and 1971. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
Cohen participates extensively in the northwest Indiana community. He is treasurer of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, chair of the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana, chair of the Quality of Life Council, and member of a number of boards, including the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Community Development Committee, Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana, and Home Lumber Company. He is an active member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, serving on various committees.
Cohen and his wife, Patricia, have two children and two grandchildren. He enjoys reading, racquetball, golf and travel.