John Knight Out at Alabama State

Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd today announced an executive realignment that will consolidate and reorganize several vice-president positions. Among the eliminated slots was that belogning to Executive Vice-President John Knight, who also today announced his retirement from the institution. From

Boyd said all the remaining vice presidents would now report to her under a new organizational chart that reduced the number of vice presidents from nine to five.

“We looked at about 20 universities and looked at the structure, and all of their vice-presidents reported to the president,” she said. “That will help us as we continue on.”

Knight, one of the most polarizing figures in contemporary HBCU culture, ends his tenure at ASU with a personal legacy of progress and controversy. Knight was the lead plaintiff in a landmark lawsuit against the state of Alabama for funding and social inequity among the state’s black citizenry.

Knight was also a key figure in several controversial periods for the institution, both as a defendant in a million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit and as a central administrator in the dismissal of former president Joseph Silver.