Dr. Samuel Dubois Cook
Samuel DuBois Cook is a retired Dillard University president and, with his appointment to the Duke University faculty in 1966, was the first African American professor to hold a regular faculty appointment at any predominantly white college or university in the South. Cook also served as a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1993. In 1993, Dillard University honored Cook by naming the school's new fine arts and communication center after him. That same year, Cook was elected by Duke University's Board of Trustee as a Trustee Emeritus.
Dinner and Award Ceremony
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Washington Duke Inn
5:00 pm Reception - 6:00 pm Dinner
In 1966, Cook was appointed a professor in the Duke University political science department. Nine years later, Cook was chosen to serve as president of Dillard University, a historically black liberal arts institution in New Orleans. He served as president for 22 years, retiring in 1997. During his tenure at Dillard, President Cook initiated a Japanese language studies program (the first at a historically black college) and founded the Center for Black-Jewish Relations. Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook, although retired, continues to lecture at universities and colleges around the country and has served on the board of trustees of The King Center in Atlanta since its founding in 1968.