Scott Cowen brought Tulane back after Katrina, but only after conquering uncertainty

By John Pope, | The Times-Picayune

Late one restless night in early September 2005, Scott Cowen was alone in the fitness room of a Houston hotel, plodding along on a treadmill and gazing at the television.

Before him were images of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, including New Orleans area neighborhoods flooded by the levee failures, as well as thousands of hungry, helpless people who had spent days marooned along Convention Center Boulevard, waiting for rescue.

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