Dr. Emily Williams Knight is Managing Director of Higher Education North America. She is responsible for the financial and operational management of North America.
Emily was Vice President of Global Enrollment for Laureate Hospitality Education, responsible for the recruitment efforts for several multi-campus colleges and universities based in Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Jordan and the United States. She led a team based in 56 different countries and worked with agents from every corner of the globe. Emily also served 4 years as President of Kendall College in Chicago, IL, where she created an international expansion strategy; opening campus operations in Latin America and the Middle East. She also developed the global recruitment strategy which realized more than 200% growth in international students on campus. Emily was CEO of New England University LLC where she was responsible for globally expanding access to high quality education in developing markets, and she spent 11 years in senior business development, sales and marketing roles for Pearson.
Emily holds a B.S. in Hospitality Administration from Boston University, a Master of Science in Management from Troy University, a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Walden University and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Newbury College.
Emily lives in the United States with her husband, 10 year old twin daughters, and rescue dog, Murphy.
“I played college basketball and today remain an avid sports fan – taking time each year to attend major sporting events, including the NBA Championships and college Final Four tournaments.”
“While my job description indicates that I am responsible for the financial and operational performance of Study Group North America, I don’t see that as my official role. I see my role as being responsible for the well-being and success of every student who chooses to study at one of our partner universities in the United States or Canada”.
Having been a college president, and also having led global enrollment, I understand the trust that families put into the agents who support their children’s college selection and in the teams of people who will care and support them after they arrive at their university.
Every morning when I wake-up, I think about three things: How are our students doing, how is my team doing, and do the agents have what they need to be successful. Simply – are we doing everything we can to build trust and to support the most important people in our business - students, faculty/staff and agents. For our agents, I know credibility in the market is paramount. You have my commitment that I respect and value this, and that I will do all I can to ensure the North American team delivers on our promise.”