He is currently Vice President and Dean of the Faculty Emeritus for Arts and Sciences at Columbia and Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience in Psychiatry and Alan H. Kempner Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Columbia. Dr. Cohen has served on the board of directors of Zenith Electronics, KLi Corporation, Learning Sciences Corporation, and as an advising partner to Knowledge Investment Partners. He currently serves on board of Eduventures,Inc. Oaktree Educational Partners, Inc., and Thuris Corporation. David received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition, Dr. Cohen has served on the board of directors or trustees for various not-for profit organizations, including the Columbia University Press, the Research Libraries Group, Trevor Day School, The Grass Foundation, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He has served as a consultant for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the National Academy of Sciences. His major elected offices include President of the Society for Neuroscience and Chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Beginning in 2009, Dr. Cohen began serving as Provost of the University of the People, a recently launched on-line, not-for-profit global university.