A fervent advocate for personalized and engaged learning, Dr. Charles (Chuck) Ambrose is the president and CEO of KnowledgeWorks. Committed to providing greater access and opportunities for all students, Dr. Ambrose is helping to shift the narrative of what the future of learning will look like.
Dr. Ambrose bridges the world of higher education and K-12 with his demonstrated ability to realize a community’s aspirational vision, transforming the way teachers teach and learners learn. A listener, a convener and a servant leader, Dr. Ambrose supports learning communities in envisioning how education could serve the needs of each individual learner – both now and in the future.
Having previously served as the president of the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Ambrose’s dedication to new approaches in higher education – including accelerating the time it takes for students to complete a degree, reducing college debt load and providing experiential learning – led to the establishment of The Missouri Innovation Campus in 2012 and recognized by the President of the United States in 2013. With over 14,000 students, UCM experienced record enrollment under Dr. Ambrose’s leadership where he sought to keep tuition costs down, and significantly reduce student loan debt, provided leadership for the largest capital building project in the university’s history, and established the Learning to a Greater Degree Contract for student completion. In 2018, Dr. Ambrose was awarded the Commander’s Service Award by Global Strike Command for his ongoing efforts on behalf of US Air Force active service-members and their families.
Prior to joining UCM, Dr. Ambrose became Pfeiffer University and North Carolina’s youngest serving president at age 36 and served for 12 years. His career in higher education administration also took him to Carson-Newman College, Western Carolina University, Furman University and to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, where he served as executive assistant to the president.
Dr. Ambrose attended Furman University, where he was a four-year letterman and captain of the soccer team. After graduating from Furman with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, he earned two advanced degrees in higher education administration, a master’s from the University of Louisville and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Georgia.