Speaker's Biography:

Steven Knapp
President, The George Washington University

Steven Knapp is president of The George Washington University. His priorities include enhancing GWU's partnerships with neighboring institutions, expanding the scope of its research, strengthening its alumni community, enlarging students' opportunities for public service and leading its transformation into a model of urban sustainability. Knapp taught English literature at the University of California, Berkeley, before serving as dean of arts and sciences and then provost of Johns Hopkins. He serves on the boards of the Economic Club of Washington, Greater Washington Urban League and World Affairs Council-Washington, D.C. He is chair of the Atlantic 10 Conference Council of Presidents and sits on the senior advisory board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He earned his Ph.D. and master's degree from Cornell University and his B.A. from Yale University.