William E. Cooper

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For the Dallas businessman, aviator, and civic leader, see William E. Cooper (civic leader).

William E. Cooper was president of the University of Richmond from July 1, 1998 through June 30, 2007. He is currently a Distinguished University Professor and President Emeritus. Immediately prior to coming to Richmond, Cooper served as Executive Vice President for the Main Campus at Georgetown University. He has also held faculty positions at Harvard University, the University of Iowa, and Tulane University, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Cooper received his bachelors and master's degrees (1973) from Brown University and his Ph.D. (1976) in Cognitive Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard L. Morrill
President of the University of Richmond
Succeeded by
Edward L. Ayers