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Dr. John C. Knapp Named 13th President of Washington & Jefferson College

Dr. John C. Knapp was named the 13th president of Washington & Jefferson College.

W&J has a long history of excellence in education. Dr. Knapp’s skill set makes him a superb fit for W&J and the larger Washington & Jefferson community. – Richard T. Clark (’68), chairman, W&J Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) today announced the selection of John C. Knapp, Ph.D. as the institution’s thirteenth president. Dr. Knapp, currently President of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, will assume office on August 1, 2017, following the retirement of current W&J President Dr. Tori Haring-Smith.

“Through an extensive and inclusive search process, our Board of Trustees unanimously and enthusiastically selected Dr. John C. Knapp to lead Washington & Jefferson College into the future,” said Richard T. Clark (’68), chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees. “W&J has a long history of excellence in education witnessed by the success of our graduates, innovation in our programs and curriculum, and our community outreach initiatives. Dr. Knapp’s skill set management experience in a variety of academic arenas, a strong record of partnering effectively with faculty, a deep commitment to strategic and ethical leadership, and deep commitment to the liberal arts make him a superb fit for W&J and the larger Washington & Jefferson community.”

Dr. Knapp’s 34-year career includes serving as president of Hope College since 2013. A renowned expert in ethics as well as a seasoned academic, administrator, professor, author, consultant and community leader, Dr. Knapp was founding director of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He also established and directed the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

Additionally, he founded and chaired the Atlanta Diversity Management Network, a project dedicated to sharing best practices among the region’s largest employers, including five universities. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Knapp was a successful entrepreneur, trusted advisor and president of a communications consulting firm in Atlanta.

Dr. Knapp earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theology and religious studies at the University of Wales, United Kingdom, a Master of Arts degree in theological studies at Columbia Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science degree in urban life with a concentration in communication at Georgia State University.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Knapp said, “I am deeply honored to be selected by Washington & Jefferson College’s Board of Trustees to lead one of…

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