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Dr. Charles Ambrose Dr. Charles Ambrose

President and CEO, KnowledgeWorks


KnowledgeWorks has named Dr. Charles (Chuck) Ambrose, EdD the new President and CEO, effective September 1.

Dr. Ambrose, a seasoned administrator and fundraiser, has gained national recognition for innovative programs that encourage student transition from high school to college to the workforce. With a career-long focus on readiness, accessibility, affordability and attainment, Dr. Ambrose has a proven track record of developing and implementing innovative programs that better prepare students for successful civic engagement beyond high school and helping remove barriers for those who want to go to college.

As president, Dr. Ambrose has successfully led the University of Central Missouri (UCM) for eight years. Dr. Ambrose also helped build a new educational model in cooperation with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and Fortune 500 corporations to create the Missouri Innovation Campus, which received national recognition by President Barack Obama during a 2013 campus visit. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon also recognized Dr. Ambrose with the 2013 Governor’s Economic Development Advancement Award for his work with the Innovation Campus in helping to bridge the skills gap with Missouri’s workforce and reducing students’ college debt load.

Dr. Ambrose’s vision and leadership also contributed to the new Learning to a Greater Degree Contract for college completion and student success in 2013, a comprehensive initiative designed to help students graduate on time with a degree that provides greater purpose and meaning. To help make education more accessible, Dr. Ambrose helped solidify agreements with the University of Central Missouri, United States Air Force, Missouri National Guard, Johnson County Community College, Metropolitan Community College and Linn State Technical College.

Prior to joining UCM, Dr. Ambrose served for 12 years as president of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina. He took the reins at just 36 years-old, the youngest president in school history. Ambrose’s higher education experience 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.

Ericka Miller led this search with Katie Rockman and Allison Burson.

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