Steven Knapp became the sixteenth president of the George Washington University August 2007. His priorities include enhancing the university’s partnerships with neighboring institutions, expanding the scopes of its research, strengthening its worldwide community of alumni, enlarging its students’ opportunities for public service, and leading its transformation into a model of urban sustainability.
Dr. Knapp serves on the boards of directors of the Economic Club of Washington; the Greater Washington Urban League; the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC; and the National Symphony Orchestra and the boards of trustees of the Washington National Cathedral Foundation and Al Akhawayan University in Ifrane, Morocco. He also serves on the senior advisory board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness, and the education committee of the Federal City Council.
A specialist in Romanticism, literary theory, and the relation of literature to philosophy and religion, Dr. Knapp taught English literature at the University of California, Berkeley before serving as dean of arts and sciences and then provost of the Johns Hopkins University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Modern Language Association. He earned his doctorate and masters degrees from Cornell University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.