A fervent advocate for servant leadership and engaged learning, Dr. Charles (Chuck) Ambrose is the president and CEO of KnowledgeWorks. Prior to this role, Dr. Ambrose served as the president of the University of Central Missouri. His dedication to new approaches in higher education to accelerate the time it takes for students to complete a degree, reduce college debt load and provide experiential learning led to the establishment of The Missouri Innovation Campus in 2012. With nearly 14,000 students, UCM experienced record enrollment under Dr. Ambrose’s leadership where he has sought to keep tuition costs down, provided leadership for the largest capital building project in the university’s history, The Crossing – South at Holden, and established the Learning to a Greater Degree Contract for student completion.
Prior to joining UCM, Dr. Ambrose became Pfeiffer University’s youngest 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.
Additionally, he is a former faculty member, having taught graduate classes in educational administration and legal issues. Dr. Ambrose has participated in many scholarly and professional activities throughout his career, and served for two years as chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Presidents Council. He currently serves on the President’s Council of the Association of Governing Boards, Chair of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Board of Directors of the Kansas City Area Development Commission, and on the Presidential Task Force on Tennis and Higher Education of the United States Tennis Association.
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.