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He is the recipient of the Michelini Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania

President Emeritus Arthur J. Rothkopf ’55 is the 2008 recipient of the Francis J. Michelini Award for Outstanding Service to Higher Education from AICUP, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.

The award honors individuals whose work has significantly contributed to the quality of private higher education in Pennsylvania. It was presented April 7 at AICUP’s annual meeting.

Rothkopf is a past chair and vice chair of AICUP’s board of directors. The association is Pennsylvania’s only statewide organization that serves exclusively the interests of private higher education within the Commonwealth. It provides a variety of services and programs tailored specifically to the needs and situation of independent higher education in Pennsylvania.

Rothkopf is senior vice president and counselor to the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. His responsibilities include leadership of the chamber’s Education and Workforce initiative, including the nonprofit Institute for a Competitive Workforce. In addition, he is responsible for supervising the National Chamber Foundation, a nonprofit public policy think tank affiliated with the Chamber.

Rothkopf joined the U.S. Chamber in July 2005 after serving 12 years as Lafayette’s president.

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