Washtenaw Community College Trustee

Diana McKnight-Morton

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Diana McKnight-Morton

Diana McKnight-Morton is current chair of the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees. She is seeking her fifth six-year term on Nov. 6. Only the two incumbents – McKnight-Morton and Richard Landau – are running for the two open seats this year.

McKnight-Morton was first elected as WCC trustee in November 1994, and re-elected in 2000, 2006 and 2012. At various times she has served as board secretary, vice chair and chair. Her daughter, Angela Davis, is also a WCC trustee.

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, McKnight-Morton co-founded and is past president of the Ann Arbor Community Development Corp., a nonprofit now called the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED).

For many years McKnight-Morton ran DeLong's Bar-B-Q Pit with her husband Curtis Morton. Her parents, Adeline and Robert Thompson Jr., had founded the business in 1964. It closed in 2001 and Curtis Morton died in 2013.

McKnight-Morton previously taught in the Ypsilanti Public Schools Adult Education program and was assistant division services manager for Washtenaw County Employment Training and Community Services.

McKnight-Morton attended WCC in the mid-1970s before transferring to the University of Michigan, where she received a bachelor's degree in education. She later earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling at Eastern Michigan University. She holds a professional counselors license and a Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate. 

McKnight-Morton lives in Ann Arbor's west side.

Robert Chapman is serving has McKnight-Morton's campaign treasurer.

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Diana McKnight-Morton: In The News

WCC alumna, Board chair Diana McKnight-Morton honored by MCCAWCC News, July 27, 2018

Union makes its concerns visible at board of trustees meetingWashtenaw Voice, Sept. 25, 2017

Washtenaw Community College gives President Bellanca raise, extensionMLive, June 28, 2017

A mother-daughter bond at workWashtenaw Voice, Jan. 30, 2017

WCC exploring options for tuition rate freeze or possible increasesMLive, April 5, 2016

WCC commencement ceremony celebrates more than 3,000, May 19, 2012