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LCC president elected to national board for community colleges

Posted: 11:48 AM, May 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-13 15:48:33Z
President Brent Knight

LANSING, Mich. — LCC President Brent Knight has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). This follows his appointment to the board in August 2018 by AACC’s president and CEO, Walter G. Bumphus.

“The AACC board of directors’ acts on behalf of our member colleges to create and maintain a vision for AACC and to advocate on behalf of the community colleges we serve,” said Bumphus. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Knight on our board and we welcome his unique talents and leadership in the advancement of the nation’s community colleges in Washington, DC and throughout the country.”

As the sixth president of LCC, Knight began his journey with the college in 2008, and has made student success his number one priority. He has worked to make tuition affordable, been an advocate for responsible student loan debt, expanded recruitment efforts, and brought cutting-edge technology to LCC campuses so students can more easily achieve their educational goals.

Knight’s many accomplishments include his development of strong partnerships, including those with Delta Air Lines, Lincoln Electric and Google. The Early College at LCC for students entering their junior year of high school has received a national ranking for its rigorous academics and accelerated college-style class schedule.

In addition, Knight’s visual transformation of the Downtown Campus is highlighted by its arts culture and inviting atmosphere, which includes a kiosk featuring languages from across the globe meant to be inclusive and welcoming to all. Knight’s emphasis on “ambient learning,” the process of people absorbing information from their environment, is seen throughout campus with educational displays on the walls in classrooms and hallways. The beauty of the campus is so prominent Knight was awarded the “Mayor’s Cup for Civic Excellence” in 2015.

LCC Trustee, Robert Proctor said, “The LCC family is very proud that President Brent Knight has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges. The AACC recognizes what the LCC family and the communities served by Lansing Community College have long recognized and appreciated about President Knight. He is a visionary leader whose laser-like focus has been on creating an environment for the development of teaching and learning excellence that is committed to student success. There is no doubt that President Knight will continue to make a significant contribution to the AACC.”

Knight holds a doctorate in educational leadership and a master’s degree in business and community college teaching, both from Western Michigan University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ferris State University, and was a visiting scholar in strategic planning at the University of Michigan. He received an honorary doctorate of public service from Ferris State University in 2012 and is in his 28th year as a community college president.

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