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Charles B. Knapp

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President Emeritus of the University and Distinguished Public Service Fellow Emeritus

Charles B. Knapp, president emeritus of the University of Georgia, joined the Institute in the fall of 2005.

His tenure as president (1987-1997) was marked by increased emphasis on teaching excellence, sharp growth in research funding, strengthening of minority programs, successful completion of the largest fund-raising initiative in the university’s history, and construction projects totaling over $400 million.

Since leaving the university, Dr. Knapp has served as president of the Aspen Institute, a senior partner at Heidrick & Struggles, and chairman of the board of the East Lake Foundation, the highly successful community development program in southeast Atlanta. He has also held senior appointment with American Council on Education and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Dr. Knapp served on the board of directors of Aflac, Inc. for over twenty-five years and is currently on the board of trustees of the Wormsloe Foundation.

He served as the director of Institute’s executive EdD program in higher education administration, 2011-2021 and currently serves as the senior advisor to the program.

Curriculum Vitae:
Curriculum Vitae (204.21 KB)
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • M.A., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S., Economics, Iowa State University (with Honors and Distinction)

Co-PI with Gregory Wolniak and Jeffrey Humphreys (2019-2021). College Completion and the Georgia Workforce. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. $393,487. Read white paper: The Power of Potential

Charles B. Knapp, et al. (2007). Tough Choices or Tough Times: Executive Summary of the Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. Washington, D.C.: National Center on Education and the Economy.

News Featuring Charles B. Knapp

An eighteen-month study of the economic impact of advanced degrees led by Charles Knapp, Greg Wolniak, and Jeff Humphreys estimates the actual value to the economic health of the state of higher education degrees among the population. 

Chronicle of Higher Education

Power of the Professoriate

Twenty IHE graduates and faculty members from across the US met on Monday to talk through experiences and responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Knapp shared leadership insights and inspiration drawn from his career, including his tenure as UGA president in the…

Current students, faculty and alumni welcomed prospective Executive Ed.D. students to a Chinese New Year themed celebration on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Terry College of Business in Buckhead.  Fourteen prospective students attended class taught by…

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