Peter Cohen

President of University of Phoenix

Meet President Peter Cohen

President Peter Cohen was appointed the eighth president of University of Phoenix in April, 2017, bringing more than 20 years of leadership in the education and learning science sectors to his role at the University.

Cohen is focused on further accelerating the University-wide transformation in service of its vision to be recognized as the most trusted provider of career-relevant higher education for working adults. He brings to the University a deep understanding of the potential for technology to improve the quality of education—an understanding he has developed through a career focused on innovation in service of students and improved learning outcomes.

Prior to joining University of Phoenix, Cohen served as Executive Vice President of McGraw-Hill Education, a leading global learning science company. He also held the position of Group President of U.S. Education at McGraw-Hill, overseeing the company's U.S. K-12 and higher education businesses. Over the course of his time at McGraw-Hill, he helped the organization reimagine learning in the digital world. Cohen was on the forefront of change in the education industry, driving the company’s roll out of multiple new technological offerings.

Cohen’s leadership in the space precedes McGraw-Hill as well, having served as chief executive officer of Pearson Education’s School division, where he was instrumental in shifting the company’s focus toward digital resources and expanding its school services. He also served as chief executive officer of the forward-thinking Sylvan Learning Center and Educate, Inc., driving the organization’s expansion in the K-12 education space.

Cohen is a graduate of the University of Redlands, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business, and serves on the board of Primrose Schools, a national network of early childhood education providers.