CULLOWHEE – H. Gibbs Knotts, director of the Master of Public Affairs Program at Western Carolina University, has been named associate dean of the Graduate School at Western.
Knotts, assistant professor of political science and public affairs at Western since 2000, will assist the dean with graduate student recruitment efforts, marketing and promotion of graduate degree programs, curriculum development and review, graduate faculty reviews and academic policy development.
“Gibbs Knotts will be a valuable asset to the university as we continue to expand our graduate degree offerings,” Provost Kyle Carter said in announcing the appointment. “Gibbs has helped build the Master of Public Affairs Program into a top-notch program, and his administrative skills and keen understanding of the needs of today’s graduate students will serve Western well.”
Knotts is Western’s faculty representative to the athletics department, and is a member of the NCAA Honors Committee, which selects winners of prestigious awards presented at the annual NCAA Honors Dinner. Recipient of Western’s 2004 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, he has published extensively on the topic of Southern politics and is a frequent source for the media on stories about elections and other political topics.
Knotts is chair of Western’s Academic Problems Committee and Jacob Medford Service Learning Scholarship Committee, serves on the university’s Graduation Fair Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and First Year Cabinet, and is chair of the Southern Conference Ad-hoc Committee on Sportsmanship and Service. He was among the participants who helped carry the Olympic Torch on its path from Atlanta to Salt Lake City for the 2001 Winter Olympics.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Emory University in 1997 and 2000, respectively.