September 13, 2021
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Tanner McKnight

Tanner McKnight, 28
Vice President of Finance
East Arkansas Community College
Forrest City

Tanner McKnight landed his dream job before the age of 30, and now he’s dreaming even bigger.

McKnight joined East Arkansas Community College as vice president of finance in 2020, right in the middle of the pandemic. Although at the time schools were experiencing challenges and enrollment declines, McKnight increased the school’s assets by about 8% in six months. He also restructured the college’s debt, saving more than $100,000 in interest.

McKnight began his career straight out of college at First National Bank of Wynne, where he held several positions. He then went on to serve as chief financial officer of the Wynne School District.

McKnight earned his bachelor’s degree in business finance from Arkansas State University, where he also obtained his master’s degree in business administration. He is currently enrolled in A-State’s doctoral program for educational leadership.

McKnight and his wife, Kassidy McKnight, also serve their community as foster parents. They were nominated for the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Foster Parent of the Year award in 2020.

“I’m at my dream job where I’m at,” McKnight said. “I really like what I’m doing. Maybe one day I would like to get a college president’s position.” McKnight plans to continue to gain knowledge and experience in his field as well as finish his doctorate in the next three years.


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