Miles College Board of Trustees Names Bobbie Knight as Permanent President

Bobbie Knight

FAIRFIELD, AL – The Miles College Board of Trustees named interim President Bobbie Knight as the 15th president of Miles College. The decision was announced during the Spring Board meeting on March 5, 2020. Knight will assume the position as permanent president effective immediately, according to the College.

“We were blessed when Dr. Knight agreed to step in as Interim on short notice. Her strategic leadership since August 2019 has excelled our expectations,” says Bishop Teresa Jefferson – Snorton, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “She has engaged with the students and began several initiatives to enhance their learning experience. She has also secured the College’s largest single donor gift in history.”

In August 2019, the Board of Trustees made history when they named Knight as the Interim President. She became the first female president to assume the position in the College’s 122-year history.

“I am honored that the Board of Trustees has confidence in me to take a longer and more permanent view to provide leadership to Miles College,” said Bobbie Knight. “I look forward to serving the students, faculty, and staff to create a positive future for Miles College.”

Since assuming leadership of Miles College, Knight has worked to move the campus forward through faculty development, increased student support, and fundraising. She has created a new scholarship structure, encouraged the development of innovative academic programs, and increased the number of student internships to meet industry demand for future talent. Knight has assertively pursued federal grant opportunities for the campus, launched an innovative student recruitment campaign, and inspired the largest single donation gift in the College’s history for $1 million.

Knight is a Birmingham native, an active community leader, and the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. Prior to her retirement in 2016, her career at Alabama Power spanned over thirty-seven years in several executive leadership positions. She is the current Vice-Chair of the Board of the Birmingham Airport Authority and Chair of the Board of Managers of the Birmingham Times Media Group. Knight served as co-chair of the transition team of Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, and was most recently elected to the board of Bronze Valley.

Knight is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and the Birmingham School of Law. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Executive Leadership Program.

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About Miles College

Miles College is a senior, private, liberal arts Historically Black College with roots in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church that motivates and prepares students, through committed faculty, to seek knowledge that leads to intellectual and civic empowerment. The Miles College education engages students in rigorous study, scholarly inquiry, and spiritual awareness enabling graduates to become life-long learners and responsible citizens who help shape the global society. For more information, visit www.miles.edu.

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