Lattie Coor

Lattie Coor

Chairman and CEO | Center for the Future of Arizona

Lattie F. Coor, President-Emeritus and Professor of Public Affairs at Arizona State University, is Chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona. For 26 years, he served as a University President, most recently at Arizona State University from 1990 to 2002, and as President of the University of Vermont from 1976 to 1989. He has held positions with a variety of higher education associations, boards and commissions. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona and is a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership Council.

An Arizona native, Coor was born in Phoenix and graduated with high honors from Northern Arizona University in 1958. He pursued graduate studies in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, earning a master’s degree in 1960 and a Ph.D. in 1964. He has honorary degrees from Marlboro College, American College of Greece, the University of Vermont and Northern Arizona University.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Trust in government is at an all time low. New ways of inspiring greater engagement with the political process is essential.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

Identify key steps that can be taken to increase citizen involvement in Participatory Democracy.