Two High-Ranking African American University Administrators Announce Their Retirements

John F. Knight Jr. has announced that he will retire from his post as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Alabama State University in Montgomery on July 1. Dr. Knight began working at Alabama State in 1976.

In addition to his current post, he has served as director of public relations, director of communications and public affairs, assistant vice president for planning and institutional advancement, and acting president.

In addition to his duties at Alabama State University, he serves in the Alabama House of Representatives.

Taylor-DeloriesDelores Taylor, associate vice provost for enrollment services in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, is stepping down after 35 years at the university. She joined the staff at the university in 1979 on an hourly wage as a career planning and placement counselor.

Taylor was worked in many posts during her 35-year tenure, including serving as director of undergraduate admissions.


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  1. Xuri Maurice Allen, Ph.D. says:

    Congratulations, Mrs. Taylor (Delores), on your retirement and 35 years of dedicated and exceptional service to VCU and the THOUSANDS of students you have assisted throughout the years.

    I wish for you a most happy, healthy, and lengthy retirement!

    Xuri Maurice Allen
    (Assistant Director of Admissions at VCU, 1991 – 1994)

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