President & CEO
A fervent advocate for personalized and engaged learning, Dr. Charles Ambrose is the president and CEO of KnowledgeWorks. Committed to providing greater access and opportunities for all students, he is helping to shift the narrative of what the future of learning will look like.
Having previously served as the president of the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Ambrose’s dedication to new approaches in higher education – including accelerating the time it takes for students to complete a degree, reducing college debt load and providing experiential learning – led to the establishment of The Missouri Innovation Campus in 2012 and recognized by the President of the United States in 2013. With over 14,000 students, UCM experienced record enrollment under Dr. Ambrose’s leadership where he sought to keep tuition costs down, and significantly reduce student loan debt, provided leadership for the largest capital building project in the university’s history, and established the Learning to a Greater Degree Contract for student completion.
Prior to joining UCM, Dr. Ambrose became Pfeiffer University and North Carolina’s youngest serving president at age 36 and also served at Carson-Newman College, Western Carolina University, Furman University and to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Ambrose earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Furman University, a master’s in higher education administration from the University of Louisville and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Georgia.