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Lafayette President Arthur J. Rothkopf ’55 has been selected by Governor-elect Ed Rendell to serve on his gubernatorial transition team.

Rothkopf will advise Rendell about higher education. The transition team’s duties include reviewing policy recommendations and screening job applicants.

“I am so pleased that many of the best and brightest Pennsylvanians have agreed to join me in this important effort,” said Rendell. “I will look forward to benefiting from the hard work they have committed to do on behalf of my new administration.

In July, Rothkopf began serving a one-year term as chair of the board of directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the sole coordinating organization for accreditation, quality assurance, and quality improvement of higher education in the United States.

Rothkopf has been president of Lafayette since July 1993. Prior to that, he served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was appointed by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate. Prior to becoming deputy secretary, Rothkopf served as the agency’s general counsel. Before joining DOT, Rothkopf was a senior partner in the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson from 1967 to 1991.

Rothkopf earned his bachleor’s degree from Lafayette, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his law degree from Harvard. Rothkopf and his wife, Barbara, are very active in the Lehigh Valley community.

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