Christopher “Chip” Paucek
Entrepreneur, Business Executive
Monumental Achievement: Putting to work his belief in the power of education, Chip Paucek is Co-Founder and CEO of 2U, an education technology company helping top universities offer high-quality digital higher education at scale. With a current valuation of close to $3 billion, 2U is one of the unicorn public companies founded by a GW alumnus. Paucek’s leadership and innovation at 2U have been widely recognized including with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012, the Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs Award in 2013, and multiple Highest Rated CEO awards from Glassdoor. In 2017, Paucek was named among America's best chief executives by Institutional Investor magazine. His greatest accomplishment is his family: Gabbi, whom he met at GW, and his two sons, Noah and Henry.
Christopher "Chip" Paucek is the co-founder and CEO of 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq:TWOU), an education technology company that partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best digital education.
Paucek’s innovative work at 2U has earned him many accolades, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012, the Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs Award in 2013, and multiple Highest Rated CEO awards from Glassdoor. In 2017, Paucek 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.
Prior to 2U, Paucek served as CEO of Smarterville, Inc., the parent company of Hooked on Phonics. Paucek 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. In 2004, Paucek took a break from the business world to serve as deputy campaign manager for the successful re-election of United States Senator Barbara Mikulski.
Paucek 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. As a native of South Florida, he is an avid Miami Dolphins fan. Paucek lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife Gabbi and two sons Noah and Henry.