Washtenaw Community College Trustee
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.
Diana McKnight-Morton: In The News
WCC alumna, Board chair Diana McKnight-Morton honored by MCCA – WCC News, July 27, 2018
Union makes its concerns visible at board of trustees meeting – Washtenaw Voice, Sept. 25, 2017
Washtenaw Community College gives President Bellanca raise, extension – MLive, June 28, 2017
A mother-daughter bond at work – Washtenaw Voice, Jan. 30, 2017
WCC exploring options for tuition rate freeze or possible increases – MLive, April 5, 2016
WCC commencement ceremony celebrates more than 3,000 graduates – AnnArbor.com, May 19, 2012