Personal Life & Professional CareerKnobel received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, he is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1996, Dr. Knobel was invited to come to Georgetown, Texas to become the Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Southwestern University, a private liberal arts and sciences college that is Texas’ oldest institution of higher education. After two years at Southwestern, Knobel was asked to return to his home state of Ohio to become President of nearly 200-year-old Denison University, a highly selective undergraduate college of 2400 students who come from every state and 40 nations. He served as Denison’s President for the next fifteen years and was recognized nationally for his commitment to academic excellence and attracting a diverse and high-achieving student body. In 2012, the national Council for the Advancement and Support of Education named him to receive its annual Chief Executive Leadership Award.
After retiring in 2013, Dr. Knobel returned to Texas and resides in Georgetown. He has remained active in higher education and serves on the Boards of Trustees of Southwestern University and the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He is a trustee or senior fellow of three major national foundations that support a variety of philanthropic causes, including higher education.