Charles L. Copeland


Things to know about Charles

Charlie Copeland is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He holds a BS and an MBA from Duke University. Prior to becoming ISI’s President, he served for six years on the Institute’s Board of Trustees, including three years as Secretary-Treasurer. Mr. Copeland spent more than two decades as President of Associates International Inc., growing the company from a nine-person operation into an internationally recognized direct marketing firm. He began his career with the DuPont Company.

Mr. Copeland is a prominent community leader in ISI’s home state of Delaware. From 2002 through 2008 he served as a Delaware State Senator, rising to the position of Senate Minority Leader. During his service, he emerged as a leading voice for government accountability, education reform, and criminal justice reform. Mr. Copeland serves as Board Chair of the Longwood Foundation, which has made more than $2 billion in grants to nonprofits since Pierre S. du Pont founded it in 1937. He also cofounded and serves as President of the Board of the Challenge Program, a nonprofit organization that trains at-risk youth in construction skills, and Vice President of the Board of the Mt. Cuba Center, which has protected more than 2,500 acres of open space in the Brandywine Valley.

Mr. Copeland lives in Wilmington with his wife, two children, and three dogs.