David L. Knight
On Tuesday, March 30, 2004, a NIU alumnus who embodied all of the qualities of a student leader passed away. Kevin D. Knight was an exemplary leader. He served NIU as a catalyst for positive change and as a model for up and coming student leaders to follow. His time at NIU was well used, as he dedicated himself to the betterment of campus life for all students. He worked hard in various positions while receiving numerous awards and recognition for his work. He was also chosen to represent the student body on the NIU Presidential Search Committee. His advocacy for student interest was strong and vocal, but always polite and professional. Kevin seemed to feel that his greatest accomplishment was to encourage others to serve their university and their community. He personally recruited students to hold office or join organizations. The memory of Kevin and his efforts live on in the hearts of the students, faculty and staff that knew and loved him. It is fitting that the annual NIU Campus Leadership Awards Ceremony was renamed the “Kevin D. Knight Student Leadership Awards Ceremony” to honor one of NIU’s greatest student leaders. The Kevin D. Knight Student Leadership Award Endowment was established by his father, David 1. Knight, who recently retired from Pfizer, USP as Senior District Manager Master Level after a long and distinguished career in sales and marketing. David Knight was inducted into Pfizer’s Sales Management Hall of Fame in 2007. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tennessee State University and then was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.