Stetson University

Joe R. Cooper


BBA '79 (accounting), MBA '82, (Sigma Phi Epsilon)

President, Big Lots, Inc., Canada

Executive Vice President, Big Lots, Inc.

Columbus, Ohio

Joe Cooper's career has included positions with KPMG Peat Marwick, The Limited Inc. and KinderCare Learning Centers. He started with Big Lots in 2000 as vice president of strategic planning and investor relations. He was promoted to senior vice president and CFO in February 2004 and to executive vice president and CFO in March 2010. In July 2011, Joe was named president of Big Lots Canada when Big Lots acquired Liquidation World based in Brantford, Ontario.

Joe is a CPA and member of the AICPA, and he is also a member of Stetson University's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. Joe was named CFO of the Year: Public Company Honoree in September 2010 by the Business First publication in Columbus, Ohio. Joe's wife, Cindi Tidwell Cooper, also graduated from Stetson, receiving her BBA degree in 1982. Joe and Cindi have four grown children. Following Joe's planned retirement from Big Lots in the spring of 2014, he and Cindi will live in Naples, Florida. Joe served on Stetson's School of Business Administration Board of Advisors, and he was elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2011. Joe currently serves as chair of the Student Affairs & Athletics Committee.

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