The board of trustees of historically Black Knoxville College in Tennessee has named Leonard L. Adams Jr. as interim president following the resignation of Keith Lindsey, who has served as interim president for the past three years.
Knoxville College was founded in 1875 by the United Presbyterian Church of North America. At its peak in the 1960s, enrollments reached 1,200 students. The college lost its accreditation in 1997. By 2015, there were only 11 students enrolled for the spring semester. That spring, Knoxville College announced that it would not hold any classes for the 2015-16 academic year. In 2018, the college once again began to offer classes but only online.
Adams is CEO and founder of Quest Community Development Organization, Inc.; a Georgia-based non-profit organization. As an entrepreneur of over 25 years, Adams has multiple years of experience in developing affordable-supportive housing communities.
A war veteran of the United States Army, Adams earned a bachelor’s degree at Knoxville College and an MBA at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.