Ashley B. Knight
Prior to joining Spelman Johnson, Ashley worked as a university administrator and faculty member for 21 years. She most recently served as the associate vice president for student affairs at DePaul University and is an author, speaker and educator on crisis management on college campuses. Her expertise with college students primarily centers on student mental health and wellness, behavior and conflict resolution, and prevention and response to campus sexual assaults. Ashley taught in the College Counseling and Student Affairs graduate program at DePaul and has taught crisis management and college student mental health in the graduate program at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.
In her role at DePaul, Ashley provided comprehensive leadership and direction to the Center for Students with Disabilities, the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, Residential Education, University Counseling Services, and the Office of Gender Equity, and chaired the university’s Student Care Team. Ashley also served as the dean of students at DePaul where she served in multiple Title IX positions. She was instrumental in addressing student safety and security concerns related to planned and unplanned campus events and has spoken nationally, as well as contributed a book chapter, on the subject.
She previously served as the dean of student affairs at William Rainey Harper College as well as the dean of wellness and campus activities. She also held several positions within student affairs at Columbia College Chicago. Ashley earned her EdD in community college leadership from National-Louis University, her MEd in human services and counseling with a concentration in higher education from DePaul University, and her BS in speech communication from Bradley University.