Arthur J. Rothkopf

Arthur Rothkopf was senior vice-president and counselor to the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from July 1, 2005 through the end of July 2010. His responsibilities included leadership of the Chamber’s education and workforce initiative. He supervised three non-profit entities affiliated with the Chamber: the 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, Rothkopf served for 12 years as president of Lafayette College, Easton, PA, a highly selective undergraduate college of liberal arts and engineering. Prior to becoming Lafayette president in July 1993, he was deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), appointed by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate. Before that, he served as general counsel of the department, also a Senate-confirmed position.

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

Rothkopf is currently a trustee of American University, and of the Educational Testing Service. He is vice-chair of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, an advisory group to the Secretary of Education. He is a director of Verisk Analytics, a company listed on NASDAQ. He is Board Chair of the Edvance Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing community college graduates increased access to four-year independent colleges. He served as a member of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education established by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. He is past board chair of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania. Rothkopf was a trustee of the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Lehigh Valley Hospital, and the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, and past president of the Pennsylvania Society.