Robert B. Knutson

ROBERT B. KNUTSON is a Founder, Chairman and CEO of Education
Management Corporation, one of the largest private education
systems in the United States, and a publicly owned company.
EDMC’s education institutions offer Doctoral, Master’s,
Bachelor’s, Associate’s and non-degree programs at 42 primary
campus locations in 26 major cities in North America, with a
total enrollment of approximately 44,000 students as of fall
2002. The company’s two principal operating divisions are The Art
Institutes and Argosy University. Academic programs are
concentrated in the creative and applied arts, behavioral
sciences and education fields. Mr. Knutson is a graduate of the
University of Michigan (BA with honors in Economics, 1956). He
became President of EDMC in 1971, and Chairman, President and CEO
in 1986. He formerly was a Vice President with J. P. Morgan in
New York, and a Vice President with Drexel Harriman Ripley, New
York. He served as a fighter pilot with the United States Air
Force from 1957 to 1962. Mr. Knutson is a member of the Board of
Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and WQED
Pittsburgh. He is a past Chairman of the Pittsburgh Chapter,
Young Presidents Organization. Mr. Knutson has testified on
several occasions before Congressional and other national
committees on subjects concerning higher education policy and has
been featured in a numerous media articles.