Clarksville, Ark. ---Biology Professor Dr. Frank Knight has been named the new chair of the Division of Sciences and Mathematics at the University of the Ozarks, effective Jan. 1.
In addition to his new administrative duties, Knight will continue to teach zoology and biology courses, which he has done since joining the university in 1990. A native of Columbia, S.C., Knight earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Clemson University, a master’s in zoology from Michigan State and a Ph.D. in biology from Indiana University. "I am looking forward to helping our science and math faculty and students achieve their professional goals and receive the recognition they deserve for their scholarly successes," Knight said. "My job will be easier because our faculty members are outstanding and they demonstrate every day that students’ life-long learning is our mission. As our teaching and scholarship efforts become more integrated across programs, our multi-disciplinary division will become a novel model of exciting, student-centered learning." Knight is considered one of the leading experts in the region on the physiology and behavior of armadillos and has directed numerous undergraduate research projects on the mammals. "Dr. Knight is a highly respected teacher and faculty leader," said Dr. Daniel Taddie, vice president for academic affairs at Ozarks. "His vision for the teaching and learning process and his fairness in dealing with colleagues will serve the faculty and students of the division well and will, in turn, contribute to the strengthening of Ozarks." Knight replaces Dr. Todd Watson, who left the university in December to accept another job.