KRISTEN G. ’93 AND DAVID A. KNOUFT ’93


David A. '93 and Kristen G. Knouft '93

Kristen and David Knouft believe their experiences as students in the LeBow College of Business, and his time on the swim team, considerably shaped their subsequent personal and professional lives. So when they decided to engage in philanthropy, both saw Drexel as a natural choice.

Recently the couple established The Kristen Green Knouft ’93 and David A. Knouft ’93 Endowed Scholarship Fund for students in the LeBow College of Business and will support the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs with hopes of helping current and future Drexel students benefit from the great experiences and preparation they received.

"I am someone who learns by doing, who needs to be immersed in learning as an experience, so business school was really centered around the co-op for me," says Mrs. Knouft. "I came out of those experiences feeling very prepared to join the corporate world."

And join it she did, helping to found and launch a start-up in 2000 that grew to nearly a thousand people across the globe and was eventually acquired by Accenture, where she now serves as a managing director.

For Mr. Knouft, it was the pace of activity at LeBow that made a deep impression. "My memories are that it was fast-paced," he recalls. "Things were constantly moving and constantly evolving, and in my experience, that is how it works in the real world. Looking back now, I can see that it prepared me even better than I realized."

Mr. Knouft now works at Pfizer, Inc. and oversees U.S. marketing for a portfolio of products that focus on patients with rare diseases. His career in the pharmaceutical industry spans 18 years and includes a variety of roles in marketing and operations.

While the Knoufts’ business school experiences helped to ground their careers, Mr. Knouft’s time with the swim team was no less influential. He attended school on a swimming scholarship and found a camaraderie that helped tie him to Drexel over the long term.

I am someone who learns by doing, who needs to be immersed in learning as an experience, so business school was really centered around the co-op for me. I came out of those experiences feeling very prepared to join the corporate world.
- KRISTEN KNOUFT

"The values you develop and the friendships you make in a college athletics program are unique because of the time you spend and goals you work toward together," he says, noting that many of his swimming teammates are still his close friends.

The Knoufts have enthusiastically embraced their alma mater, demonstrating a comprehensive engagement with LeBow and with Drexel in general.

Both serve on the President’s Leadership Council, whose members are advocates for the institution and serve Drexel’s president and Board of Trustees with perspectives on matters affecting the general strategy of the University. They also help to shape its long-term market position and financial capacity.

Mr. Knouft also has helped to drive an alumni committee for Drexel Swimming and Diving, while Mrs. Knouft recently spoke with students in LeBow’s For Profit Consulting class and reintroduced Drexel as a key school for recruiting both co-op and full-time employees within Accenture.

Both say their broad involvement in Drexel activities represents gratitude to the school that gave them such a strong start in their professional lives and excitement about the University’s evolution since their student years.

"It has been exciting to watch President Fry; he not only has a bold and inspiring vision, but he executes big and impactful changes every year," says Mrs. Knouft. "This gives us great confidence in Drexel’s future and inspires us to help in as many ways as we can. We are very proud to be a part of the great things happening at Drexel."