Alan Arkatov
Katzman/Ernst Chair for Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation

Alan Arkatov is the Katzman/Ernst chair for educational entrepreneurship, technology and innovation at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, an appointment with an interdisciplinary emphasis, leveraging the work at USC’s Schools of Communications, Cinematic Arts, Medicine, Public Policy, and Business. He previously was the president of, CEO of the Teaching Channel, one of the creators and an executive vice president for 2U, president of eEducation Group, and the founder and chairman of He also served on California’s State Board of Education, as chair of California’s Post-Secondary Education Commission, as a U.S. Secretary of Education appointee to the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission, as president of the Los Angeles Commission for Children, Youth and Families, and as chair of the Los Angeles Information Technology Agency. He currently serves on the national boards of Facing History and Ourselves, Road Trip Nation, Alliance for College Ready Schools, Think Together, and 2U. A happily retired concert violinist and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Arkatov resides in Los Angeles.