KNOXVILLE, TN (Jan. 7, 2021) – In a Knoxville College Board of Trustees meeting on January 4, 2021, Leonard L. Adams, Jr. was elected to serve as interim president effective immediately. Former interim president Dr. Keith Lindsey ended his term on December 31, 2020, after serving for 3 1/2 years.
The announcement acknowledged numerous strategic initiatives that were instituted during Dr. Lindsey’s tenure. Those listed were; campus renovations, state authorization by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, implementation of the online learning management system for classes, new academic concentrations, and development of an accreditation plan.
Adams is the CEO and Founder of Quest Community Development Organization, Inc., a Georgia-based non-profit organization as well as the Co-Chair for the national non-profit, Back on My Feet Atlanta Chapter.
Adams has years of experience in developing affordable-supportive housing communities. He is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong record of accomplishment utilizing his leadership, fiscal, strategic, and operational strengths in uniquely challenging communities.
Adams has served as an officer on the Knoxville College Board of Trustees. He is a 1983 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, International Phi Beta Lambda Honors Society Toast Master, and Student Government Council.
Adams continued his education at the University of Illinois and earned an MBA from Kennesaw State University.
Adams is an Army war veteran with a commitment to urban community development and change, serving homeless, low-income, special needs men, women, families, and veterans.
The college also announced the election of Dr. Dasha Lundy as Chief Operating Officer effective immediately. Prior to this appointment, Lundy served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Knoxville College.
Lundy is a Knoxville native and a product of the community she serves. Last year, Lundy won the District 1 seat for Knox County Commissioner, which includes the area of the Knoxville College campus. Lundy is past president of the Burlington Residents Association, a neighborhood in East Knoxville.
Dr. Lundy received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Masters of Physical Therapy from Tennessee State University, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
Lundy also serves on the City of Knoxville Historic Zoning Board, East Tennessee Community Design Center Board, and East Knoxville Business and Professional Association Board.
Dr. Ebony Bowers, Ph.D., HS-BCP, will continue in her role as vice-president of academic affairs for Knoxville College. Bowers has also served the college as an adjunct professor.
Bowers is the founder of NPS & Grant Solutions, LLC. She earned her doctorate from Walden University and her undergrad from Springfield College.
ABOUT KNOXVILLE COLLEGE
Knoxville College is a private, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts institution. The College is open to students of diverse backgrounds and cultures who seek a quality liberal arts education. The College provides a challenging and stimulating educational experience for students of demonstrated academic ability and for students of potential who have been afforded little advantage within society.
The college promotes the advancement of communities, its citizens and students, regardless of background by providing an opportunity for educational achievement, which includes social preparation for professional careers. The College offers programs with an education in the arts and sciences.
Additional information can be found on the college’s website at www.knoxvillecollege.edu.