Dr. Brent Knight
Dr. Knight became the sixth president of Lansing Community College in 2008. His comprehensive background in higher education, coupled with his leadership experience in the private industry, has brought a unique blend of expertise to LCC.
In 1976, at the age of 29, he was named President of Triton College in River Grove, Ill., becoming one of the youngest college presidents in the nation. He also served as President of Pierce College in Tacoma, Wash., and Morton College, also in Illinois.
During his presidency at LCC, Dr. Knight has focused his efforts on student success-offering programs and training courses relevant to the 21st century workforce. His unique job-training program, Get a Skill, Get a Job or Your Money Back, was featured nationally on CNN and in Time magazine. Additionally, Dr. Knight has been a steadfast advocate of affordable tuition and responsible student loan debt. Dr. Knight leads an all college effort to improve student success. Lansing Community College was named Michigan's best community college in 2016.
Performance benchmarks are one of the most telling reflections of a successful leader. Under Dr. Knight's leadership, the Downtown Campus has been transformed, community partnerships have grown; recruitment efforts have expanded; and upgrades to technology have been added-making LCC A College Like No Other.
On May 20, 2015, Lansing Mayor, Virg Bernero, recognized Dr. Knight for his visionary leadership by awarding him with the "Mayor's Cup for Civic Excellence." Additionally, President Knight received the "Exemplary CEO/Board Award" from the American Association of Community Colleges in 2014. Dr. Knight has also been recognized by People Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the American Council on Education as "a national leader in higher education."
Dr. Knight earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ferris State University, a master's degree in business and community college teaching from Western Michigan University (WMU) and a doctorate in educational leadership from WMU before becoming a visiting scholar in strategic planning at the University of Michigan. Dr. Knight has also served the community as Chairman of the Board of Fredrick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, and he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges in 2018. Dr. Knight was awarded an honorary doctorate of public service by Ferris State University in 2012.
President Knight resides in Herrmann House on campus with his wife Risé who is also an educator.
During his presidency at LCC, Dr. Knight has focused his efforts on student success-offering programs and training courses relevant to the 21st century workforce.”