Charles B. Knapp

President Emeritus; Director, Executive Ed.D. Program in Higher Education Management


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin




Office Address: 3475 Lenox Road, NE, Suite 300, Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Charles Knapp, president emeritus of the University of Georgia, joined the Institute in fall 2005. His tenure as president (1987-1997) was marked by increased emphasis on teaching excellence, sharp growth in research funding, strong minority programs, successful completion of the largest fund-raising initiative in the university’s history, and construction projects totaling more than $400 million. Since leaving the university, Dr. Knapp has served as president of the Aspen Institute and as a partner with Heidrick & Struggles where he led the firm’s higher education practice. He has continued his involvement in higher education, with senior appointments at the American Council on Education, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and currently is chair of the Georgia Charter School Commission, among other affiliations. He teaches courses on college and university presidency and on academic leadership in higher education.