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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
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
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.