July 8-9, 1999
ITEM 104-2001-R0799 RETIREMENT of Stuart Knapp, Department of Veterinary Molecular Biology; Montana State University-Bozeman
THAT:Upon the occasion of the retirement of Stuart Knapp from the faculty of Montana State University, the Board of Regents wishes to express its appreciation for his service to the University, the Montana University System, and the people of the State of Montana.
EXPLANATION: Stuart AStu@ Knapp began his tenure at Montana State University in 1978 as Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to coming to Montana, Stu had a distinguished career at Oregon State University where he quickly moved through the faculty ranks and served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies from 1971 to 1978. During his tenure as Vice President at MSU, Stu also spent six months as Acting President and as a Visiting Scholar in 1986 at Stanford University. After leaving the Vice President=s office, Stu served as a Professor of Parasitology in Veterinary Molecular Biology from 1988 until today. Stu also served as the Deputy Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs for the Montana University System between 1996 and 1998. In the past year, he served as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment State at Montana State University.
In each of Stu=s positions, he has excelled and made major contributions to his profession and the institution. As a scientist, he has published over 60 research articles in parasitology. He has mentored five Ph.D. and eight M.S. students as well as countless undergraduate students who have worked in his laboratory. Particularly impressive is the success Stu had after stepping down from the Vice President position in establishing a productive, extramurally funded state-of-the-art research program in Veterinary Molecular Biology. It should be noted that almost a third of his research publications have occurred since 1992. As a faculty member at Montana State University, Stu participated in the Honors Program, Minority Programs, such as MBRS and MARC, Presidential Scholarship Committee, served on and chaired numerous University committees, taught many different courses and seminars on parasitology and veterinary entomology and established a new course on
the Ethical Practice of Science, to name only a few of the many activities he participated in. He established a resource center for bison studies and helped initiate efforts to develop a Wildlife Disease Research Unit at Montana State University. As an administrator, Stu helped guide the University through the budgetary difficulties of the early >80s. In his role as Deputy Commissioner, he has served the entire Montana University System through a time of budgetary constraints and restructuring.
Dr. Knapp has received a number of awards and honors, a few being:
1988 Quadrangle Award for Distinguished Service to Undergraduate Education (MSU)
MSU/Bozeman Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award for Teaching, 1991
Nominated for the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award, 1992
National Collegiate Honors Council Pordtz Award for Innovative Undergraduate Instruction, 1992
Life Member Award, Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists, 1995
For these and other contributions, the Board of Regents of Higher Education is pleased to confer upon Stuart Knapp the rank of Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Molecular Biology at Montana State University and wishes him well for many pleasant years in the future.