Barnes & Noble Names Tulane University President to Board

[Press Release]


Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), today announced that Scott S. Cowen, President of Tulane University in New Orleans, has been elected to the Barnes & Noble Board of Directors. Dr. Cowen is the 14^th President of Tulane University. He also holds joint appointments as the Seymour S. Goodman Memorial Professor of Business in Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and Professor of Economics in the School of Liberal Arts.

“We could not be more pleased to welcome President Cowen to our board,” said Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc. “He brings a broad range of experience to the board on the educational front as well as substantial experience having served on both public and private company boards.”

President Cowen joined Tulane in 1998 and since that time has more than quadrupled its undergraduate applications while experiencing all-time highs in student quality. In addition, Tulane has more than doubled the level of total private giving to the university and received a record level of research awards. The university has implemented a number of innovative academic and research program initiatives and significantly increased its community outreach. As a result of Tulane’s growth, the university, under Dr. Cowen’s leadership, has invested approximately $700 million in new and renovated facilities in the last eight years.

President Cowen’s areas of scholarship and teaching focus on strategic financial management systems, corporate governance and leadership. He has consulted with dozens of companies, from startups to Fortune 100 companies and is currently a board member of Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. and Forest City Enterprises.

President Cowen received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. He received his masters and doctoral degrees, respectively, from The George Washington University in the fields of finance and management.

President Cowen and his wife, Marjorie, have four children and four grandchildren.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 663 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, ( Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK^® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store^® (, while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 696 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States.

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