An Apology and a Plea

Toby Cumberbatch February 11, 2012

I apologize unreservedly for any offence that I may have caused through my comments on public forums associated with The Cooper Union – or through quotes attributed to me in the Pioneer. No offence was ever intended or implied. My comments were directed towards process and procedure – not individuals – and were made without full access to all the information. It was never my intention to insult, tarnish or damage the reputation of the school, the administration or the President.

I believe that everyone connected with The Cooper Union is truly invested in its success, the continuance of its mission and the pursuit of excellence. I also believe that each party desperately wishes to contribute to the current
discussion, to know that its voice and perspective are heard and considered.

Since his arrival, President Bharucha has worked tirelessly to listen to all constituencies. I respectfully suggest that open and transparent discussion amongst all alumni, staff, students, faculty and administration be facilitated and promoted to enable each to understand the perspectives of the other and so address fully and directly any misconceptions or misunderstandings.

Once opened, these discussion channels should be respected, nurtured and cherished as we all work together to move The Cooper Union through this difficult time.

Toby Cumberbatch 02/11/12
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