COL. Danny R. McKnight
U.S. Army (Ret.)



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COL Danny R. McKnight, U.S. Army (Ret.)



Objective        Senior administrator or senior executive for a college or university, or for an established business firm or governmental agency.


Summary        Twelve years of senior management experience culminating as an Army Colonel with a global perspective; an agent for change and problem-solving who has redesigned small and large organizations having multiple objectives; melded diverse groups into cohesive, effective teams; achieved major efficiencies and fiscal savings; customer-oriented, strong professional ethics, public speaker, and media skilled.


Experience Includes

                        Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Operations, Marketing, Customer Service, Team Building.




            Financial Management:  Provided direct guidance and oversight in the management and execution of an annual operational budget of approximately $50 million.  This budget provided financial support to assets across the entire eastern United States including 27 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  Managed and executed an annual operational budget of $12 million for the Army’s Ranger Regiment that required coordination with three major installations on the eastern and western coasts of the United States.  Requirements of these respective budgets were always met and within budget. 


Strategic Planning:  Developed a detailed concept and plan for the integration of active Component and reserve component soldiers as part of the Army’s training strategy for the 2000 and beyond—called Training Support XXI.  This resulted in more efficient and effective utilization of limited resources, especially personnel, while providing higher quality training.  Initiated the development of a Campaign Plan that established measurable objectives for the period 2000-2005.  These objectives focused on successful implementation and maturation of the Training Support XXI concept plan.


Operations:  Directed a staff of over 300 to provide support to a field force of 10,000 persons who had to meet the training requirements for approximately 250,000 reserve component soldiers.  Reengineered and equipped a significant part of this 300-person staff after a major fire required relocating, redesigning, and rebuilding in the headquarters. 


Marketing:  In order to successfully overcome the common resistance associated with significant change, provided direct guidance in the development of a public affairs program that promoted the efficiency, effectiveness, resourcefulness, and overall goodness of the integration of active and reserve component soldiers in the Army training strategy—highlighting the true One Army concept.


Customer Service:  Established a staff communications network (formal & informal) that created a feedback system which facilitated coordination and cooperation while ensuring performance standards were reached and unit soldier needs were met.  Ensured the medical support system of the Army, known as TRICARE, was functioning for all soldiers and family members throughout the eastern United States area of responsibility by making this a high-visibility area for all leadership.


Team Building:  Directed a detailed review of all civilian personnel positions within First Army Headquarters focused on job descriptions and grade level end-state was to ensure proper grade levels and provide promotion opportunities where appropriate.  Review was a great success with positive adjustments for the work force being realized.  Success clearly seen in improved morale, increased productivity, and a stimulated resourcefulness.



Work History


Homeland Security Training Coordinator, Brevard Community College, 2004-2005, Criminal Justice Center, Melbourne, Florida


            Responsible for all aspects of Homeland Security Training in the Brevard County area.  Coordinated with numerous outside agencies and organizations to provide quality training in various areas associated with Homeland Security.  Presented numerous Homeland Security related sessions to law enforcement, fire and rescue, and other emergency management/public safety groups, as well as some instruction to community forums. 


Homeland Security Coordinator, Brevard County, 2002-2004, Office of Emergency Management, Rockledge, Florida


            Coordinated with law enforcement, fire & rescue, hospitals, schools, and other emergency management agencies to ensure the focus on terrorism was maintained and current; also, ensured the consequence management phase following a terrorist event was efficient and effective.  Finally, presented numerous sessions to the county community regarding homeland security and terrorism.





Chief of Staff, First U.S. Army, 1999 - 2001, Fort Gillem, Georgia, 1995-2001, Deputy Chief of Staff-Training, First U.S. Army, 1997 - 1999, Fort Gillem, Georgia, Senior Adviser, 29th Infantry Division, 1995 - 1997, Fort Belvoir, Virginia


            Directed staffs from 10 to 300 personnel with operating budgets up to $50 million; built consensus among diverse groups; planned numerous new facilities plus enhancements to existing facilities; redesigned the staff and focused on training support under the One Army concept of operations; coordinated routinely with numerous higher headquarters to include U.S. Army Forces Command, United States Army Reserve Command, National Guard Bureau, and the Department of the Army. 


Battalion Commander, 4th Battalion 27th Infantry, 1991 - 1993, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii Battalion Commander, 3rd Ranger Battalion, 1993 - 1994, Fort Benning, Georgia


Responsible for battalion-size units of up to 700-plus soldiers who were required to be trained to deploy on short notice anywhere in the world under the most difficult circumstances; employed the finest soldiers with the finest equipment throughout the world ranging from Korea to Australia to Thailand to England to Africa; ensured the leaders were the best trained, most competent, and most confident, without fail; planned for the well-being of all family members, as well as the soldiers.


Battalion Executive Officer, 3rd Ranger Battalion, and Regimental Executive Officer, 75th Ranger Regiment, 1989-1991, Fort Benning, Georgia


            Managed staffs of over 100 personnel with responsibility for administration, logistical, financial, personnel, and operations functions that directly affected up to 5,000 soldiers at any one time; established standards and quality control in all these functional areas, and ensured the standards were met. 


Previous work assignments 1973-1989 included being an Instructor at a military training school, but also as a member of the ROTC Department at a university; providing executive level assistance as the Aide-de-Camp to a senior-level General Officer in Korea; consistently working with local communities; and managing personnel assets.




            Graduate, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA, 1995


            M.Ed., Higher Education Administration/Supervision, University of Florida, 1985


            BS Degree, Management, Florida State University, 1973








            Born April 9, 1951 in Columbus, Georgia


            Married – wife, Linda Nielsen McKnight


            Children:  Robin Dian, born September 17, 1973

                            Pamela Dawn, born December 14, 1975


Grandchildren:  Dylan James

                        Dwane Jared

                        Macen Alijah




            Running, Golf, Travel, Speaking, Writing


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