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Arthur Rothkopf '55

Arthur J. Rothkopf ’55, president emeritus of the College, will retire as senior vice president and counselor to the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the end of July.

Rothkopf joined the chamber in July 2005 after serving 12 years as Lafayette’s 15th president. He leads the chamber’s Education and Workforce initiative, including the non-profit Institute for a Competitive Workforce, and supervises the Business Civic Leadership Center, a non-profit affiliate of the chamber dedicated to improved business and society relations.

“Throughout his career, Arthur has been a major force in education reform in both the public and private sectors. He understands that education is the key to job growth and keeping America competitive in a world-wide economy,” said Thomas J. Donohue, the chamber’s president and CEO.

“When he came to the chamber, he created an education initiative that was all about substance and accountability at both the state and federal levels. Arthur’s leadership on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) legislation and the chamber’s groundbreaking studies of state education performance, Leaders and Laggards, are just two examples of a legacy that extends well beyond the Chamber. He has made a real difference in the lives of our nation’s students,” Donahue said.

Rothkopf was recently appointed by the House of Representatives to a six-year term as a member of the Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. He will continue to serve as a trustee of American University and the Educational Testing Service and as a director of Verisk Analytics, a NASDAQ-listed company. He plans to continue working in the education reform arena.

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