Lansing Community College

LCC president emeritus inducted into Hall of Fame

Dr. Brent Knight receives the 2022 AACC Leadership Award

By Marilyn Twine

Dr. Brent Knight speaking in front of a group of people while holding a microphone.

Lansing, Mich. - LCC’s sixth president Dr. Brent Knight was recently inducted into the newly created American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Hall of Fame.
He received the 2022 AACC Leadership Award for his “impactful contributions to the community college sector over the course of his career.”

Dr. Brent Knight retired from LCC in 2020 after serving 12 years as president. In 1976, at age 29, Knight was named president of Triton College, becoming one of the youngest college presidents in the nation. Prior to becoming LCC’s sixth president, he was president of Morton College and vice-chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College. The LCC Board of Trustees bestowed the title of president emeritus in June 2020, making him the first LCC president to receive the title, one rarely seen among community colleges.

Student success was always Knight’s top priority. He was deeply concerned with students obtaining a high-quality, affordable education. His desire was for students to leave LCC with the ability to make a living wage to care for themselves and their families. His unique job-training program, “Get a Skill, Get a Job or Your Money Back,” was featured nationally on CNN and in Time magazine. Dr. Knight was a steadfast advocate of affordable tuition and responsible student loan debt. Under his leadership, Lansing Community College was named Michigan's best community college in 2016.

Dr. Knight’s “ambient learning” philosophy made even the walls talk and teach through academic and pictorial stimuli. Dubbed “the man behind the makeover” in a 2018 Lansing City Pulse article, Dr. Knight’s leadership and innovation transformed the face of Lansing Community College. He is responsible for some 27 sculpture installations across LCC’s campuses, including his final sculpture project at the center of the Downtown Campus, the soaring, 43-foot, iconic “Upward Bound.”

Lansing Community College is forever changed because of the superior leadership, innovation and vision of Dr. Brent Knight.

Congratulations, Dr. Knight, on your 2022 AACC Leadership Award and induction into the Hall of Fame!


About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 14,500 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The Transfer Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

Lansing Community College provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the College.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.


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