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Education leader hopes to boost innovation at USC Rossier

New holder of the Katzman/Ernst Chair has experience in education, communications, public policy and the arts

Alan Arkatov has been named holder of the Katzman/Ernst Chair in Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation at the USC Rossier School of Education. The chair was endowed in 2008 by John Katzman, founder of the Princeton Review, and his wife, Alicia Ernst.

Arkatov has been a longtime education leader at the local, state and national levels. He is the founder and chairman of, CEO of the Teaching Channel and he helped create 2U, the technology company that pioneered USC Rossier’s online Master of Arts in Teaching program, which began in 2009.

 He also has served as a strategist for academic institutions, nonprofits, governments, corporations and political campaigns.

chair holder Alan Arkatov

Alan Arkatov (Photo/courtesy of USC Rossier)

“Alan Arkatov will work to bring the big ideas of our faculty and colleagues across USC to fruition in support of our mission to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally,” said USC Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher. “With his broad experience in education, communications, public policy and the arts, he is someone who can make important projects, programs and initiatives a reality at Rossier and USC.”

Katzman has noted that the chair holder should be able to “connect the dots” in ways that allow the university and USC Rossier to have a positive impact on education.

One of Arkatov’s goals is to establish a global center for education excellence and innovation that will draw on the expertise of various schools at USC.

“We are at a point in the history of education where technology is giving us the ability to engage, interact and learn in profoundly different ways, whether it be via the use of games, the arts or the understanding of the brain,” he said. “USC Rossier has the ability to expand on its trailblazing efforts to improve teaching and learning and make sure that best practices are embraced at all levels.”

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