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Knapp, John W.


Lieutenant General John Williams Knapp was named VMI's twelfth Superintendent on June 15, 1989 and served until July 31, 1995. He was the first Superintendent to be chosen from the Institute's faculty since 1907. Knapp holds a degree in Civil Engineering from VMI (Class of 1954) and received the PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1965. At VMI, he rose through the faculty ranks to become head of the CE Department and in 1984 was named Dean of the Faculty. He served in that capacity until his appointment as Superintendent in 1989. Upon being named Superintendent, General Knapp retired from the U. S. Army Reserve after completing nearly 35 years of distinguished service. During that time he served over eight years as a Troop Commander or Deputy Commander at every grade, Lieutenant Colonel through Major General. Now Superintendent Emeritus, he lives in Lexington, Virginia.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Newsletters and Circulars, Office of the Superintendent.

Identifier: RG-02-Newsletters
Scope and Contents Newsletters, circulars and other mass mailings created by the Office of the Superintendent. These include the annual newsletter to parents. These mailings began with General Nichols and the frequency/subject varies among administrations.

Office of the Superintendent, administrative subject files

Identifier: RG-02-Subject Files-Administrative
Scope and Contents Historically significant subject files spanning the administrations of multiple Superintendents. These topical files cover various historical eras; topics include areas such as planning, programs, and events.

Records of Inaugurations and Assumption of Command Ceremonies for VMI Superintendents

Identifier: RG-02-Subject Files-Inaugurations
Scope and Contents Records relating to the inaugural ceremonies or assumption of command events for the various Superintendents. In recent administations there have not been elaborate inaugural ceremonies.