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Chip Paucek

Co-Founder and CEO

Christopher "Chip" Paucek is the co-founder and CEO of 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq:TWOU), described by Forbes Magazine as the “nation’s leading provider of software for universities” delivering digital higher education at scale.

In 2017, Chip was named among America's best chief executives by Institutional Investor magazine, ranking third among mid-cap technology, media, and telecom companies. He is a leading voice and speaker on entrepreneurship and the global education and technology landscape.

Chip has been involved in education ventures since the early 1990s. Prior to 2U, he served as CEO of Smarterville, Inc., the parent company of Hooked on Phonics. Chip began his entrepreneurial career in 1993 when he co-founded his first company, Cerebellum Corporation, which produced the award-winning educational television program and video series Standard Deviants. He led Cerebellum as Co-Chief Executive Officer until 2003.

Chip holds a B.A. from The George Washington University and an M.B.A. from the 2U-powered MBA@UNC program at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.


  • 2U’s vision, mission, and business strategy
  • Future of higher education
  • Digital transformation in higher education
  • Innovations in the edtech industry

For insights from Chip on these topics and more, please email