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Release: Immediate

Knight named University of Iowa vice provost

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Professor of Law William H. (Joe) Knight Jr., a nationally known expert on banking and commercial law and on minority recruitment in American law schools, has been named UI vice provost.

As vice provost, Knight will be the senior staff member in the provost's office, overseeing the management of major projects. He will represent the provost on the UI Strategic Planning Committee, coordinate the collegiate and departmental academic review process, and develop and administer plans for addressing space and facility renovation needs as well as faculty instructional equipment needs across campus.

His appointment is for a three year term, beginning Aug. 25, and is renewable for one term.

"I am pleased that Joe Knight has agreed to serve as the university's vice provost. He brings a wealth of experience in finance, student affairs, collegiate administration and diversity issues to the Office of the Provost," said UI Provost Jon Whitmore.

Knight joined the UI faculty in 1983 and was promoted to professor in 1988. From 1991 to 1993, as associate dean of the UI College of Law responsible for student affairs, he helped administer the college's recruitment efforts. As a result, the college earned a national reputation for its commitment to diversity.

In addition to teaching a number of courses in commercial and international banking in the College of Law, Knight has also co-taught an undergraduate interdisciplinary course on critical race theory in the University's Literature, Science and Arts program. His casebook, Commercial Transactions Under the Uniform Commercial Code and Other Laws, was published by Matthew Bender this April. He has also written an essay, "Black Fatherhood: What, If Anything, Has Gone Wrong?", for a forthcoming book, Inside Race: Gender and Sexuality in Black Men's Legal and Political Discourse, edited by Devon Carbado.

During the 1996-97 academic year, Knight served as American Bar Association site team member at the Cornell University Law School. He also served as a consultative group member for the American Law Institute's proposed revisions to the Uniform Commercial Code. In April, he participated in the Harvard University Civil Rights Project. He was also a presenter at the July Law Teaching Institute at Gonzaga Law School.

Knight earned his bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law. He practiced with the New York law firm of Vladeck, Elias and Vladeck from 1978-79, and was associate counsel to Colonial Bancorp/Colonial Bank of Waterbury, Conn., from 1979 to 1983. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Bridgeport School of Law in Bridgeport, Conn., from 1981-83, and he has been a visiting faculty member at Wake Forest University (1989), Duke University (1991) and Washington University (1992).

He has served on a number of university committees, including the Internal Audit Review Committee (1997), the Provost Search Committee (1996) and the College of Liberal Arts Review Committee (1994-95). He is a member of the American Law Institute, the Society of American Law Teachers, the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the American and Iowa Civil Liberties Union.

Knight is also active in civic organizations. He is currently a director of Willowwind School, the Mid-Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse, and the Iowa City Chapter of the NAACP.