Rob Klapper
CEO, Ashworth College
Rob Klapper is a higher education leader deeply committed to ensuring that students have access to relevant, flexible, affordable, career-focused education opportunities. Rob is currently CEO of Ashworth College, an online school educating 65,000 traditionally under-served students with a unique model that enables students to graduate debt-free. Rob and his team have transformed Ashworth by focusing on students and their outcomes. This customer-centric discipline has enabled Rob to drive revitalizations at an early-stage lifelong learning venture, One Day University, as well as a mid-stage online financial services firm, insurance.com.

Rob’s strategic, customer-focused approach was honed during long stints in Marketing and General Management at Colgate-Palmolive and Charles Schwab. During his 14-year tenure at Schwab, Rob helped the company grow 10X by launching new businesses, building Schwab’s brand image, and establishing the firm’s online presence.

Rob is on Junior Achievement’s Global Council, serves as an advisor to several early-stage CEOs, and has been on the Board of several education and financial services companies. Rob earned his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School and his BA from Franklin & Marshall College.