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.