Robert B. Knutson
Member, Board of Directors
Robert B. Knutson is a founder and former Chairman & CEO of Education Management Corporation (EDMC), one of the largest private education systems in the United States and a publicly owned company. EDMC’s education institutions offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines to 158,000 students at 101 campuses throughout North America and online.
Mr. Knutson is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A. with honors in Economics, 1956). He became President of EDMC in 1971, was Chairman & CEO from 1986 to 2003, and Executive Chairman until 2006. 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 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a past member of the board of directors of the International Biomedical Research Alliance, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and WQED Multimedia. He is a past Chairman of the Pittsburgh Chapter, Young Presidents Organization. He was a National Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and he received the Vectors/Pittsburgh award as Man of the Year for Business and Labor and the Pittsburgh History Center award as History Maker in Business and Industry.
Mr. Knutson and his spouse Miryam reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Boca Grande, Florida. They have six children and ten grandchildren.