Steven Knapp

Steven Knapp
Placed Leader

Steven Knapp

President & CEO
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

January 6, 2020

Koya partnered with the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (CMP) on its President & CEO search. CMP includes four distinct institutions: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center and The Andy Warhol Museum. The combined venues comprise an institution that presents art, natural history, and science to the public in a way that few other institutions can match.

A CMP Pre-Search Committee had completed a comprehensive study of the entire organization to determine desired changes in governance, organizational structure and culture before embarking on this search.

The search led by Koya resulted in the recruitment of Steven Knapp to the role.

Knapp joined CMP from George Washington University (GW), where he served as President from 2007-2017. Knapp remained at GW as an English Professor after retiring from the Presidency.

During his 10 years as President of GW, Knapp arranged for the university to turn the Corcoran Museum of Art, a landmark Beaux-Arts building, into the Corcoran School of Arts and Design. The school operates a museum studies program in the building.  The George Washington University Museum also moved into the landmark.  Knapp also established a school of nursing at GW and oversaw the construction of the university’s new science and engineering hall, which doubled the space available for those programs.

Previously, he served as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He joined Johns Hopkins as a faculty member and later served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Knapp was elected to membership into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.  He is a  member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Modern Language Association.

Among many other appointments, he is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Ecological Civilization and a Board Member of Second Nature. He has also served on the Boards of the Economic Club of Washington, the World Affairs Council and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Knapp is an accomplished author and musician.  At GW 2012 Alumni Weekend, he played a solo on the congas on stage with Earth, Wind & Fire.

Knapp received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University. He earned a Master’s degree and Doctorate in English Literature from Cornell University.

Read the press release: Former college president named to lead Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.