Dr. C. Ryan Knight

Dr. Ryan Knight is Associate Director, Recruitment and Retention at Achieving the Dream, Inc. In this role, Ryan organizes ATD’s recruitment, onboarding, and retention efforts with ATD colleges. He also coordinates ATD’s Kickoff Institute, manages new cohort action plans and ATD annual reflections, and designs Network Engagement webinars for ATD colleges. 
Ryan began his career teaching at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, NC. For over five years he taught composition, literature, and college success courses to hundreds of students, while also serving as a faculty advisor and on numerous committees. While completing his Ph.D. coursework, Ryan worked as Lead Program Associate for Envisioning Excellence for Community College Leadership, which evolved into the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research. Ryan worked with a team that re-aligned NC State’s education doctorate program in Community College Leadership to today’s essential presidential competencies and expanded professional and executive development.
Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Adult & Community College Education from NC State University. His research focused on how community colleges undergo transformational change and perform sensemaking through the change process. He holds an MA and BA in English.
 

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