John W. Rollins


John Rollins is a serial software entrepreneur and founder of multiple tech startups—the longest of which he served for 30 years as CEO and Chairman. Following his first retirement, Rollins served on the entrepreneurship faculty of the GW School of Business from 2001 to 2015. In 2008 he founded the GW New Venture Competition which grew to be the fifth largest university business plan competition in the country.

Rollins earned his MBA at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and his bachelors degree in Mathematics at Dartmouth. He is a founding board member of the National Park Trust and has more than 125 years of service on various national, regional, and community non-profit boards. These range from the local Boy Scout Troop (he is an Eagle Scout) to MedStar, the largest non-profit hospital system in the Washington DC region. His volunteer board positions currently include NPT, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (Board Chair) and 20/20 GeneSystems, Inc.

“Growing up in the Kansas City area, I enjoyed camping and hiking in parks as a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Explorer Scout. As an early NPT board member, it was a privilege to be involved in the creation of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas. Since then, it has been fulfilling to see NPT expand its mission from protecting threatened parkland today to creating the next generation of park stewards for tomorrow.”