Alan Arkatov Named Katzman/Ernst Chair in Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation

Alan Arkatov

Alan Arkatov, Katzman/Ernst Chair in Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation.

USC Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher has announced the appointment of Alan Arkatov to the Katzman/Ernst Chair in Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation. The Chair was endowed in 2008 by John Katzman (founder of the Princeton Review, 2U and Noodle) and his wife, Alicia Ernst. Arkatov’s appointment began in September.

Arkatov has been a leader for over 20 years in education at the local, state and national levels. He has had a remarkable career as an entrepreneur and innovator, which has included being the founder and chairman of OnlineLearning.net, CEO of the Teaching Channel and helping create 2U, the technology company that pioneered USC Rossier’s renowned online Master of Arts in Teaching program, which began in 2009.

Arkatov has also been a CEO and partner at some of the leading communications firms in the country, serving as a strategist for academic institutions, nonprofits, governments, corporations and political campaigns.

In endowing the Katzman/Ernst Chair, John Katzman noted his desire that the holder be someone who would think “out of the box” while also having the capacity to “connect the dots” in ways that would allow USC and Rossier to have a dramatic and positive impact on education.

According to Dean Gallagher, “Alan Arkatov will work to bring the big ideas of our Rossier faculty and colleagues across USC, to fruition in support of our mission to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. With his broad and unique experience in education, communications, public policy and the arts, he is someone who can make important projects, programs and initiatives a reality at Rossier and USC.”

The Katzman/Ernst Chair Search Committee included a number of interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners. One of the goals for Arkatov will be to create a Global Center for Education Excellence and Innovation, which will draw on the expertise of USC’s Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Cinematic Arts, Music and Medical schools, among others.

Arkatov stated, “We are at an inflection point in the history of education, where technology is giving us the ability to engage, interact and learn in profoundly different ways, whether it be via the use of games, the arts or the understanding of the brain. Rossier has the ability to expand on its trailblazing efforts to improve teaching and learning and make sure that best practices are embraced at all levels. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest scholars in the world.”