Bill Knight

Meet Bill Knight
  • Elected mayor of Greensboro, Nov 2009.
  • Family: Wife, Pam Knight, 65; daughter, Jamie Knight Johnson, 40, a market researcher; two grandchildren, Ana, 8 and Melissa, 13.
  • Military service: Served from 1960-1968 in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
  • Civic activities: Board member, Greensboro Opera Company; past member, Greensboro Parks & Recreation Commission; past member, finance committee for Goodwill Industries; past president, Hamilton Lakes Lions Club; past board member, Greensboro Jaycees; member, executive committee for the Greater Greensboro Open.
  • What he’s reading: “To Try Men’s Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom’’ by Newt Gingrich; “Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That Is Bringing Common Sense Back to America’’ by Mike Huckabee; “The Faith of our Fathers: What America’s Founders Really Believed’’ by Alf Mapp.
  • His take on leadership: “Leadership is all about being involved, assuming responsibility, giving direction, inspiring people and working with people toward a common goal. There’s that old saying from Yogi Berra. 'If you come to a fork in the road, take it.’ ’’
  • His take on getting beyond race: “I don’t have an answer, but I would say listen to what other people have said. Like Bill Cosby. He says it’s time to stop talking about it. That’s not being dismissive. Let’s look at opportunity. I personally don’t know what might be barring any individual from attaining whatever they want to do. But the very bottom lines are family and education. These are essential.’’

Published News & Record 12/27/2009 - Column by Jeri Rowe, Staff Writer

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