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Knapp joins Manchester University as VP, chief business officer

Clair KnappClair Knapp has joined Manchester University as chief business officer.

“Clair brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked in manufacturing, public accounting and, for the past seven years, in higher education,” said Manchester President Dave McFadden.

Knapp began at Manchester this month after serving as chief financial officer of Ohio Dominican University and at Bethel College.

“I’m truly excited about being part of the Manchester community.  This is an institution with a long history, an outstanding reputation, and great people dedicated to the mission,” Knapp said. 

In his role as a vice president and CBO, Clair serves on the MU President’s Cabinet. He oversees the University’s budget, the Office of Financial Services, Information Technology Services, Conference Services, food services, Physical Plant and grounds, and Student Financial Services.

“I am confident that Clair will help us accomplish our strategic goals and more fully live out our mission,” McFadden said.

Knapp was formerly a senior manager at BKD, LLP’s Fort Wayne office.  BKD is a top 10 national accounting firm.  His duties at BKD included working with colleges and universities in managing their finances.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to working with students, faculty and staff to build upon the already great reputation it carries,” Knapp said.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

August 2016