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Christopher B. Howard
8th President of Robert Morris University
Assumed office
February 1, 2016
Preceded by David Jamison (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1969-02-12)February 12, 1969
Spouse(s) Barbara Noble Howard
Children Cohen Howard
Joshua Howard
Residence Edgeworth, Pennsylvania
Alma mater BS, United States Air Force Academy
DPhil, Oxford University
MBA, Harvard Business School
Profession President of Robert Morris University
Website [1]

Christopher B. Howard (born February 12, 1969) is the 8th president of Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania where his term started on February 1, 2016.[1]

Education[edit]

He is a 1987 graduate of Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, where he helped the 1986 football team win a Texas State Championship. Howard is a 1991 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, earning a bachelor of science in political science. While at the Academy, he served as his class president and as a cadet group commander. He was selected as a First Team Academic All-American as the starting running back on the Air Force Falcons football team and awarded the inaugural Draddy Trophy in 1990 by the National Football Foundation. In 2003, he was inducted into the Academic All American Hall of Fame.[2][3][4]

Howard was named a Rhodes Scholar, and he attended Oxford University from 1991 to 1994, earning a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Politics. In 2003, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.

Military career[edit]

While in the Air Force, Howard served as a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter pilot and an intelligence officer. He accompanied Secretary of "air forces" William Cohen to Cape Town, South Africa as a military advisor in 1998. He served with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron and earned the Joint Service Commendation and NATO Medals for service in Bosnia. He is currently a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He was called to active duty for one year during 2003, serving as the Chief of the Human Intelligence Operations Cell in Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He currently serves as the US Air Force Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia.

Civilian career[edit]

In 1999, Howard worked in various capacities for Bristol-Myers Squibb, serving as a manager on a $100 million HIV/AIDS initiative in southern Africa called Secure The Future.

Howard is the chairman and founder of the Impact Young Lives Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarship and travel opportunities for South African students of color.[5] He also serves on the Advisory Board of Carolina for Kibera, a non-profit that fights ethnic violence and abject poverty in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

Beginning in May 2003, Howard served in General Electric’s Corporate Initiatives Group where he reported to the Chief Information Officer. While working with GE, he led several initiatives, including the company’s effort to expand its African businesses.

In September 2005, Howard became Associate Vice President for Strategic & Leadership Initiatives, and later Vice President at the University of Oklahoma where he also served as the Director of the Honors College Leadership Center, Associate Professor, and a President’s Associates Presidential Professor. In 2009, he became president of Hampden-Sydney College near Richmond, Va., and one of the nation's youngest college presidents. He became president of Robert Morris University on February 1, 2016.

In January 2017, it was announced that Howard was selected to be a member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

Howard is also a Senior Advisor of Albright Stonebridge Group where he advises clients on Africa-related issues.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Walter M. Bortz III
President of Hampden–Sydney College
2009—2016
Succeeded by
Dennis G. Stevens
Preceded by
David Jamison
President of Robert Morris University
2016–
Succeeded by

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