Meet Our Global Agent for
David Rowe, PhD
Learn to Start complements content mastery in traditional academic settings by using entrepreneurship as a catalyst for helping students grow their own abilities to solve problems, to work as teams, to communicate orally and in writing, and to match their deepest passions with the world’s greatest needs. Students don’t learn about entrepreneurship; they learn through it. As a result Learn to Start alumni are more than career ready. They are life ready.
As founder and president of the Windermere Group, LLC, David Rowe helps college and university boards and presidents develop the strategies, resources and leadership necessary to achieve their aims while adapting to a disruptive educational landscape. With more than 30 years of leadership experience including as president of a tier one national liberal arts college, the eighth largest co-educational independent day school in the United States and a graduate theological seminary, David was one of the youngest education CEOs to lead a financial turnaround in the wake of the Great Recession. During his presidency, Centenary College of Louisiana increased its unrestricted net assets by over 200% while expanding undergraduate participation in international study to nearly 100% and moving into the ranks of the nation’s top ten most diverse national liberal arts colleges. As vice president for advancement at LaGrange College, David successfully completed a comprehensive campaign for one of the first LEED certified libraries in the state of Georgia and, earlier in his career, led the strategic and master planning processes for Oxford College of Emory University.
The co-founder and president of the nonprofit Oikos, Inc., David formed partnerships with the New York Times and the Center for Strategic and International Studies to create certificate programs and academic minors in social and ecological responsibility. As co-leader of the Methodist Global Ethics Initiative, David facilitated the online 21-day Peace Education Collaborative for educators around the world and presented Revolutionary Response: Educating the Class of 2025 to global audiences.