KnowledgeWorks announced today that veteran Board member Tim Tuff has become Interim CEO.
Tuff has served on the board of KnowledgeWorks for seven years. He was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of John H. Harland Company from 1998 to 2007.
Brian Ross, who has resigned as KnowledgeWorks’ CEO, will remain with KnowledgeWorks through the end of the year and then serve KnowledgeWorks in a consulting role.
KnowledgeWorks Board Chair Joseph P. Tomain, Dean Emeritus and the Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati said, “KnowledgeWorks Foundation thanks Brian Ross for his leadership at a time of significant transition. During his service, Brian has made important contributions in helping KnowledgeWorks scale from a regional to national organization. KnowledgeWorks benefitted from his organizational expertise. Prior to Brian’s transition back to the commercial, for-profit sector, he will assist with restructuring the Foundation’s student loan portfolio and will continue to serve the Foundation as we search for a CEO for the next phase of our growth and development.”
The Board of KnowledgeWorks will immediately conduct a national search.
“I am pleased to have led KnowledgeWorks’ transition to a social enterprise whereby delivering day-to-day operational excellence has become the cornerstone of how we serve young people. It has helped us to serve students well and to extend our reach in serving many more students,” Ross said.
When Ross joined Knowledge Works, it had a presence in 80 high schools and 16 states. KnowledgeWorks now has a presence in approximately 170 schools and 80 communities in more than 30 states. Ross succeeded Founding CEO Chad Wick.
KnowledgeWorks has long been an advocate for forward-thinking approaches to education reform, having scaled up high school subsidiaries, New Tech Network, which encourages project-based learning in a student-centered environment; and EdWorks, whose approach includes Fast Track early college high schools and New Start school turnaround. KnowledgeWorks’ Strive subsidiary is actively building a national network of communities looking to establish the civic infrastructure needed to make disciplined decisions about the investment of educational resources.
All KnowledgeWorks subsidiaries have an extensive track record of helping reform districts, communities, and schools, which provides the organization with a strong foundation for helping the federal government scale success.
KnowledgeWorks, a Cincinnati-based social enterprise, is bringing the future of learning to America’s schools and creating widespread, lasting change in the communities and states we serve. Our portfolio of school approaches includes New Tech Network , and EdWorks Fast Track, New Start and STEMLab high schools. KnowledgeWorks subsidiary Strive is a national initiative that works to build the civic infrastructure in communities to identify, sustain and scale what works for kids.