Wed Jun 22 2011
In an effort to offer diverse programming to a broad range of western North Carolina residents, Lenoir-Rhyne University is announcing the creation of the L-R Center for Graduate Studies-Asheville. This center is being created to serve the educational needs of the residents of Asheville and surrounding areas, and in a collaborative effort the university will be seeking the input of those in the area as to the specific graduate programs they would like to see offered. L-R expects to open the Center for Graduate Studies in the fall 2012 with five to six graduate programs and expand the offerings each year thereafter.
To begin laying the groundwork for these programs, Lenoir-Rhyne recently appointed Dr. K. Paul Knott as the founding director of the Center for Graduate Studies.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Knott led the NC Community College BioNetwork BioBusiness Center and Laboratory at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, serving as manager since 2009. He directed all activities, projects, and staff of the Center and Laboratory, including business development, educational programming, and analytical and product development support for life science companies. He began his work with the BioBusiness Center in January 2005 serving as Curriculum Coordinator until his selection as manager.
“I am very excited that Dr. Knott is joining our team to direct this important new endeavor for L-R,” stated Dr. Larry Hall, Provost of the university. “It became very clear in our interviews with Paul that he combines an exceptional amount of experience and ability with a passion and vision for what we believe will become a historical moment in the life of Lenoir-Rhyne University.”
Prior to moving to Asheville in 2005 and joining the BioNetwork, Dr. Knott’s career included roles in public service, business ownership, executive leadership, consulting, and teaching.
Dr. Knott began his professional career as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service in Washington, DC. He went on to join the staff of the American Red Cross National Headquarters as the coordinator of the National Health Promotion Training Network and in his final role he directed the worldwide communication production and distribution system. He also served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the USO in Washington, DC.
Over three decades, his higher education experience has included faculty and staff positions at the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of California, Davis, Montgomery (MD) College, Cape Fear Community College, Brunswick Community College, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Mount Olive College, and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
Born and raised in Hagerstown, Maryland, Dr. Knott earned a B.A. in history with Honors and an M.A. in health education from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also earned a Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis on Social and Administrative Health Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley and completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Carolina University.
As director of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies-Asheville, Dr. Knott will be considering a variety of programs in formats designed to meet the needs of graduate students. Lenoir-Rhyne expects to provide several offerings in health care, business development, and education. Programs that delve into creativity, innovation, and sustainability will be considered for possible inclusion in the curriculum.
“Asheville has a wealth of creativity and we hope that our citizens will openly share what type of programs they would like to see offered at the L-R Center for Graduate Studies,” explained Knott. “Our program offerings will be developed to meet the needs and desires of those in Asheville and western North Carolina.”
Dr. Knott has been married for over 28 years to Melanie Timberlake, a retired senior manager with the U.S. Public Health Service. They reside in Mills River, NC and have one daughter, Hillary, a registered nurse, and a granddaughter, Kai Luna.
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