Interim Dean Charles B. Knapp

Dean Charles Knapp
Interim Dean Charles B. Knapp

Charles B. Knapp is an economist and educator.  He is the President Emeritus of the University of Georgia and currently serves as Interim Dean of the University’s Terry College of Business.

Dr. Knapp was the President of the University of Georgia from 1987 to 1997.  During his tenure the academic reputation of the university rose dramatically, over $400 million of new construction was completed, and a successful capital campaign was concluded.  He worked closely with then Georgia Governor Zell Miller on the establishment in 1993 of the widely recognized HOPE scholarship program, which has since provided $6 billion in financial aid to over 1.5 million Georgia postsecondary education students.

He was President of the Aspen Institute from 1997 to 1999, and from 2000 to 2004 was a Partner with the executive search firm Heidrick and Struggles. Earlier in his career, Dr. Knapp served as the Executive Vice President of Tulane University and was the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training during the Carter Administration. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin from 1972 to 1977.

Dr. Knapp received his B.S. degree, with honors and distinction, from Iowa State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He has been awarded the Distinguished Achievement Citation (highest alumni award) from Iowa State and the Abraham Baldwin Award (for distinguished service) from the University of Georgia.  From 1996 to 1997, he was the Chair of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Aflac, Inc., where he chairs the Investment Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Dr. Knapp is also a member of the boards of the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future and the Wormsloe Foundation. In 2013 he was appointed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as a member of the State Charter Schools Commission and has subsequently been elected as the chair of the commission.  From 2005 to 2011 he was the Chairman of the Board of the East Lake Foundation, the organization responsible for the highly successful community redevelopment project in southeast Atlanta.

In 2006 Dr. Knapp was named Chairman of the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce.  Members of the bipartisan commission included former governors, senators, cabinet secretaries, business and labor leaders, civil rights leaders, and education and job training experts. The report of the commission, Tough Choices or Tough Times, has helped to bring about a productive national debate on the future of education and training policy in America.

Dr. Knapp and his wife Lynne, a retired architect, have been married for forty five years and live in Dawson County, Georgia.