President Knapp Announces Final Year in Office

President Steven Knapp will step down after the 2016-17 academic year.

President Steven Knapp will step down after the 2016-17 academic year.

In a letter to the GW community, University President Steven Knapp announced June 7 that he will be stepping down after the 2016-17 academic year when his current contract expires. In his message, President Knapp gave thanks to the many across the university with whom he has worked to advance the university’s academic mission and stated that he remains committed to serving students, alumni, and the university in his last year:

The work of my final year as president is clearly defined. I will concentrate on supporting the deans as we rapidly approach the completion of our $1 billion Making History campaign. I will continue to focus on building our worldwide and lifelong community of GW alumni. And I will seek new ways to make good on the university’s promise to ensure that every student we enroll has the fullest possible opportunity to succeed so that he or she can go forth from this university fully prepared to change the world.

Knapp became the 16th president of the George Washington University in August 2007. His priorities included enhancing the university’s partnerships with neighboring institutions, expanding the scope of its research, strengthening its worldwide community of alumni, enlarging its students’ opportunities for public service, and leading its transformation into a model of urban sustainability.

During his tenure, President Knapp has overseen the creation of the School of Nursing, the acquisition of the Corcoran College of the Arts and Design, and a renewed focus on student access. Read more about highlights of the Knapp administration here.

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