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Board of Trustees Names Bobbie Knight as Permanent President

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Board of Trustees Names Bobbie Knight as Permanent President


FAIRFIELD, ALABAMA – 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. 

“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,” saysBishop Teresa Jefferson – Snorton, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Miles College. “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,” says Bishop Jefferson – Snorton.

In August 2019, the Board of Trustees made history when they named Knight as the Interim President of Miles College. Knight 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," says Bobbie Knight, President of Miles College. "I look forward to serving the students, faculty, and staff to create a positive future for Miles College," says Knight. 

Since assuming the 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 of $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.




Miles College, founded in 1898, is a premier liberal arts institution located in metropolitan Birmingham within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. The noble founders of the institution saw educated leadership as the paramount need in the black community.  Miles, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Commission on Colleges for the awarding of Baccalaureate Degrees, is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham, Alabama designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Miles College is a science, technology, engineering and, mathematics (STEM) higher learning institution.  The College is one of only 39 HBCUs to have the designation of a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) institution.

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