Audience in Lecture






Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer


PeerForward (formerly College Summit)


In 1993, while teaching writing at Harvard College, Keith Frome helped J.B. Schramm create and run a weekend college admissions workshop that became the noteworthy College Summit summer workshop. As the organization’s Co-Founder and first Chief Academic Officer, he created College Summit’s national Education Department and led College Summit’s expansion to begin serving students in 9th grade. College Summit grew to serve 50,000 low-income high school students in 44 school districts throughout the country. In 2009, President Obama shared his Nobel Peace Prize with College Summit. In 2014, Dr. Frome became College Summit’s second CEO and led the organization’s design and launch of its student-driven college success initiative, PeerForward.

Prior to his appointment, Keith designed and then led an innovative K-8 school on the east side of Buffalo, NY, the King Center Charter School, successfully creating a college-going culture among that city’s at-risk elementary and middle school students. Earlier he served as headmaster of the Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo and assistant headmaster of the Browning School in New York City.

He sits on several boards, including America Achieves, the King Center Charter School, Teach for America – Buffalo, and the St. Joseph Collegiate Institute. He is a life member of the Elmwood Franklin School’s Corporation and a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow.

Keith has written two award-winning books on parenting and education and is the co-editor of a book of Civil War poetry, critically recognized for including classics of the genre as well as rare period pieces by African Americans and women. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and holds an Ed.D. in philosophy and education from Teachers College, Columbia University.