President Knapp signs off...
gw alum abroad
 7/21/2017 11:45:55 PM      Replies: 22

gw alum abroad7/20/2017 3:50:46 PM

No mention of ML, his role in the Kennedy assasination or the case of the Lindburgh baby.  Coincidence this gets released the same day OJ gets parole?


the mv7/20/2017 4:36:22 PM

Wishing Dr. Knapp and his family well.  His understated but impactful leadership abilities were a welcome relief to the bombastic style of his predecessor.  I will remember Dr. Knapp as a genuinely nice man, a skilled fundraiser, and someone who neither embraced nor discarded our basketball program for the majority of his tenure.  Unfortunately, his unwillingness to deal with the Lonergan situation during his final year and essentially pass it on to who I deem to be an unqualified provost (unqualified in overseeing this particular program, its transition, etc.) will sadly leave a bitter taste in my mouth for a long while.


ziik the peasant7/20/2017 4:46:15 PM

We're all qualified to be critics. But, My guess, Knapp had bigger issues than basketball.


the mv7/20/2017 6:15:47 PM

My guess, he saw retirement within his grasp and chose not to deal with it.


ziik the peasant7/20/2017 7:17:18 PM

So, let's replow that ground.


thinker7/20/2017 7:49:22 PM

I believe that Knapp's contract was somewhat unexpectedly NOT renewed by the Board. I believe that explains to a great degree Knapp's lack of involvement in the ML situation.


atl colonial7/21/2017 12:30:23 AM

University has significant budget issues.  Press release annoucning new president mentions budget expertise.  Many deans left during his tenure as well.  This was definitely not a retirement.  More like a termination.  And I totally agree that the Provost was unqualified to handle this situation.  Particularly bizarre was his direct involvement in the selection of the interim (and ultimately) permanent head coach.  For GW, the cost effective option is currently the best option.


the mv7/21/2017 8:59:08 AM

Thank you for the insights, Thinker and Atl Colonial.

nj colonial7/21/2017 9:37:30 AM

Knapp was a gentleman and a scholar but change is good.  Some past presdeints, like SJT and Elliott, stayed too long.  GW is at a point in its history when it needs an ambitious, younger leader.  Hopefully one who wants a top hoops program!


gw alum abroad7/21/2017 10:47:35 AM

It could not have been easy for Knapp to have the blowhard predecessor whose spending orgy put the school in a pinch still on campus (and occasionnaly shooting his mouth off). Getting de-listed may not have been his fault even if it was on his watch, too. In the end, he will probably be remembered in 50 years time for having quietly righted the ship somewhat. Neither as flamboyant as SJT nor as inert as Elliott, but he did pull off a billion dollar fundraiser.


nj colonial7/21/2017 11:17:23 AM

Great post GWAA, well said.

the dude7/21/2017 1:45:46 PM

Primary issue with the Knapp era was:  .....

Primary accomplishment of the Knapp era was:    .....

ziik the peasant7/21/2017 2:05:58 PM

Some guys are just place holders. 4:17:54 PM

His Top 10 accomplishments in no particular order:

The university's first $1 billion fundraising campaign.

GW's endowment is now the largest of any university in the nation's capital and so are its federal grant spending totals.

Greenlighting the 5-year athletics strategic plan that has elevated the whole program.

Construction of buildings that have transformed the campus including: Science and Engineering Hall; School of Public Health; the GW Museum and the Textile Museum; District House; and the National Churchill Library and Center.

The construction of The Avenue and the addition of its restaurants and Whole Foods to create an attractive entryway into the campus and giving it a cool food and social scene for the first time.

The agreement with the Corcoran Gallery of Art board of trustees and the National Gallery of Art to take over and renovate the Corcoran Flagg Building and merge the two fine arts programs. When it opens next year, it will be a magnet for donors of art collections and funding.

The Making History campaign and his regular evoking of President George Washington's vision of a national university in the nation's capital and GW being that university.

Students have a level of pride in the university that is significantly higher than students from the '70s and '80s as evidenced by their donation rate.

Leaving a solid foundation for President LeBlanc to build on as the school prepares to celebrate the opening of the National Gallery of Art's Corcoran Legacy and Contemporary Galleries in January 2018; the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Corcoran in 2019; and the celebration of the university's bicentennial in 2021.

In many ways GW is now closer to being the embodiment of an Ivy League school in the nation's capital than any other school in the capital with its combination of solid undergraduate and graduate programs including the capital's only School of Fine Arts and Design and only top tier engineering program. 





maine colonial7/21/2017 4:18:17 PM

That was me if you weren't able to guess.


jae7/21/2017 5:01:02 PM

Tell em Maine!



bigfan7/21/2017 5:06:15 PM

Intersting insight gents who posted reason for leaving.

Shameful to take a mid six figure salary and punt, but explains it.


maine colonial7/21/2017 5:34:44 PM

Being the president of one of the nation's top research universities is not easy...Go ask Harvard President Drew Faust and former Duke President Richard Brodhead. Or you could ask former Harvard President Derek Bok, who is widely considered to be one of Harvard's top presidents of all-time and is a GW alum as is his wife. 


ziik7/21/2017 6:01:25 PM

Drew was a neighbor.  Smart gal, great historian. Her brother is a local lawyer.

Damn. They had a nice plantation home.


the dude7/21/2017 6:28:56 PM

Knapp's tenure looks like a real success, including the Athletics Program.

I'd add that the often maligned SJT Tenure was a wild success, including the Athletics Program and chiefly the Hoops Programs.

gw alum abroad7/21/2017 6:53:40 PM

The jury is still out on the Corcoran takeover. It could be a Seward's Folly or a Gadsen Purchase (or, even worse, a diploma from "Trump University"!). I am hoping for the best, but we won't see its full return for a while. Ultimately, it may be what the Knapp Era is judged by...

steve wyman7/21/2017 6:59:52 PM

There's a reason Harvard and Yale and countless other elite colleges have invested millions into their museums. Heck, even Colby College has recently had two $100 million art donations from an alum. We're finally joining the club and our museum  will have more visitors than Harvard and Yale combined thanks to the NGA. 


thinker7/21/2017 11:45:55 PM

I think the key decision that Knapp made was the decision to build a new engineering school building and create a virtually new faculty there. It is definitely still to be seen how that decision turns out - but that was his boldest and riskiest move. I don't think the Corcoran decision was as risky because most of the money that GW is investing is for improving the building which we'll own and could presumably sell if we absolutely had to.

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