The Cowen Institute at Tulane University has hired Amanda Kruger Hill as its new executive director. Hill, a former high school principal who currently leads quality reviews of local schools and mentors principals through her work at New Schools for New Orleans, will assume the role of executive director at the Cowen Institute in mid-July. Hill will be responsible for the overall leadership, strategy, and operations of the Institute that opened in 2007 to advance public education and youth success in New Orleans and nationally. The Institute publishes policy briefings and reports on topics related to K-12 public education, opportunity youth, and college and career readiness. It also develops, incubates, and operates innovative initiatives that support high school students and young adults.
“Amanda is an award-winning, innovative and effective education leader who combines national credentials and experience with a deep commitment to the success of New Orleans’ schools,” says Scott Cowen, president emeritus of Tulane University and chair of the Cowen Institute’s Board of Advisors. “Her background will also be a tremendous asset to the Institute’s efforts to expand academic and career pathways for youth.”
Hill holds a masters of educational leadership from the University of California, Berkeley. For the last two years, Amanda has led school quality reviews and facilitated the High School Consortium at New Schools for New Orleans. She currently serves on the faculty of Columbia University as a coach for its Principals Academy, which trains aspiring school leaders in New Orleans and other cities, and on the faculty of the Relay Graduate School of Education. She also co-founded the first youth-initiated high school in the United States and a teacher development institute in California.
“I am honored and thrilled to lead the Cowen Institute as executive director,” Hill said. “New Orleans is in the vanguard of education, and the Cowen Institute is a critical partner in the continuing transformation of the city’s schools and ensuring high quality options for young people.”
Hill’s hiring follows a national search conducted by a committee of some of New Orleans’ leading education and youth advocates.