Keypath Education Announces Dr. Karen Holbrook and James Roth Join Board of Directors

06/01/18   |  
Chris Williams

CHICAGO (June 4, 2018) – Keypath Education is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Karen Holbrook, PhD., regional chancellor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and former interim president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and past president of The Ohio State University, and James H. Roth, chief executive officer and president of Huron. 

Keypath has achieved tremendous global growth during the past few years, adding more than 20 university partners to its online program management portfolio. The appointment of Holbrook and Roth underscores the company’s commitment to expanding access to high-quality education for students through online learning.

“We are honored to welcome two outstanding new members, Dr. Karen Holbrook and Mr. James Roth, to our Board of Directors. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to Keypath, and we are very fortunate to have their unique perspectives and input as we continue to sharpen our focus on providing access to exceptional education for students around the globe,” said Steve Fireng, CEO of Keypath Education. 

Karen Holbrook, Ph.D.

Karen A. Holbrook, PhD., currently serves as regional chancellor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and previously served as interim president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. From 2002-2007, Dr. Holbrook served as president of The Ohio State University and has held a variety of university leadership roles at University of Georgia, University of Florida, and University of Washington.

Dr. Holbrook has been elected to numerous other educational leadership boards, advisory panels and counsels, including the Institute of International Education (IIE) board of trustees, the American Council of Education (ACE) board of advisors, among others. She earned bachelor's and master’s degrees in zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a doctorate in biological structure at the University of Washington, School of Medicine.

“I have learned over the years that quality education transcends geography. Universities throughout the country and the world are working to advance business, science, arts and humanity. Keypath’s mission to connect the best institutions with hardworking, passionate students, no matter their physical location, is close to my heart,” Holbrook said. 

James H. Roth has served as CEO of Huron, a global consultancy with a leading higher education business, since July 2009, and as president since March 2011. Prior to his tenure as CEO, Mr. Roth was a managing director and leader of the Company's Education consulting business, which has worked with more than 500 higher education and research institutions, including the top 100 comprehensive research universities, to improve enrollment, retention and graduation rates, and help find unique ways to make education more accessible and affordable for students.

Jim Roth

Roth serves in a variety of leadership positions, including on the board of Huron and Shorelight Holdings LLC, a US-based company that partners with nonprofit universities to increase access and retention of international students and boost institutional growth. He earned a master’s degree in finance and business administration from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Vanderbilt University.

“The need for quality, convenient and affordable education continues to rise with the majority of learners now starting their education after having already been in the workforce,” said Roth. “Keypath’s dedication to helping the premier institutions provide access to education when, where and how a learner wants to receive it is instrumental to the success of higher education in the long-term.” 

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