About Academic Innovators

Arthur J. Rothkopf

Arthur J. Rothkopf is the senior advisor to Academic Innovators and president emeritus of Lafayette College.  

Mr. Rothkopf was senior vice-president and counselor to the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years beginning July 2005.  His responsibilities included leadership of the Chamber’s education and workforce initiative.  He managed the Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce, the Business Civic Leadership Center (dedicated to improved business and society relations), and the National Chamber Foundation (an in-house think tank).

Prior to joining the Chamber, Mr. Rothkopf served for twelve years as president of Lafayette College, Easton, PA, a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering.  At Lafayette, he invested over $300 million in construction and renovation of academic and student facilities.  Rothkopf also spearheaded an effort, with the participation of Commonwealth and local partners, to rehabilitate an adjacent neighborhood into what is now a thriving arts district.

Before becoming Lafayette president in July 1993, Mr. Rothkopf was Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), appointed by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate.  As chief operating officer of DOT, he supervised over 100,000 employees and a department with a $35 billion annual budget.

Prior to joining DOT, Mr. Rothkopf was a senior partner in the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), specializing in tax, regulatory, and legislative representation of U.S. and foreign clients.  He began his legal career with the Securities & Exchange Commission and the U.S. Treasury Department.  Rothkopf earned his B.A. from Lafayette and his law degree from Harvard.

Mr. Rothkopf is currently a trustee of the Educational Testing Service and American University.  He is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity,  an advisory group on accreditation reporting to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  Rothkopf served as a member of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education established by then-Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.  He has been a director of two public companies, Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ) and Bristol West Holdings (NYSE).  Rothkopf is past board chair of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.  He was a trustee of the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Lehigh Valley Hospital, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, and he is a past president of the Pennsylvania Society.