Katzman/Ernst Chair for Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation
Alan Arkatov is the Katzman/Ernst Chair for Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation at USC's Rossier School of Education, an appointment with an interdisciplinary emphasis, leveraging the work at USC's Schools of Communications, Cinematic Arts, Medicine, Public Policy, and Business. He previously was the President of Changing.edu, CEO of the Teaching Channel, one of the creators and an EVP for 2U, President of eEducation Group, and the founder and Chairman of OnlineLearning.net. Alan has guided some of the preeminent communications companies in the US, and as a political media consultant, helped produce the ads for over a dozen successful Mayoral, Gubernatorial, US Senate and Presidential campaigns.
In addition to serving on California's State Board of Education, Alan was the Chair of California's Post-Secondary Education Commission, a US Secretary of Education appointee to the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission, President of the LA Commission for Children, Youth and Families and Chair of the LA Information Technology Agency. He currently serves on the National Boards of Facing History and Ourselves, Road Trip Nation, Alliance for College Ready Schools, and 2U. A happily retired concert violinist and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Alan resides in Los Angeles with his wife, two sons, and their Labradoodle.