President of Robert Morris University
Christopher Howard is one of the youngest college presidents in the United States. He was a Rhodes Scholar and a past winner of the Campbell Trophy, the highest academic award in the country presented to a senior college football player. Dr. Howard also served as a helicopter pilot, and then became an intelligence officer for the elite Joint Special Operations Command. Defense Secretary William Cohen asked Dr. Howard to accompany a 1999 U.S. delegation to South Africa as a political-military advisor. He was called back to active duty during 2003 in Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. Dr. Howard also served as the Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia.
Dr. Howard received his B.S. in political science from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned his doctorate in politics at the University of Oxford and an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School. Prior to his appointment as president of RMU, Dr. Howard was the president of Hampden-Sydney College, a private, liberal arts college near Richmond, Virginia. He previously served as vice president for leadership and strategic initiatives at the University of Oklahoma, where he also served as the director of the Honors College Leadership Center and a president's Associates presidential Professor.
In addition, Dr. Howard worked in General Electric's Corporate Initiatives Group as well as Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Corporate Associates Program. At both companies, Dr. Howard’s responsibilities included sales, marketing, international project management, strategic planning, internal consulting, and business development.