Washington & Jefferson College


Dr. John C. Knapp, is the thirteenth president of Washington & Jefferson College. His career in both business and academia has included many leadership roles, most recently as president of Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Previously, he founded and directed Samford University’s Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership and established the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business.

An internationally known speaker, Dr. Knapp has addressed academic and professional audiences around the globe. He is the author of numerous articles and five books, including the three-volume The Business of Higher Education. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in theology and religious studies at the University of Wales, a Master of Arts at Columbia Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science concentration at Georgia State University.

Kelly Knapp, President John Knapp’s wife, enjoys being an active volunteer leader and focusing on programs and mentoring opportunities for students. She leads spouses’ programs for the Oxford Conclave and the Council for Independent Colleges Presidents Institute. She also plays a key role in hospitality and community engagement on behalf of the President’s Office at Washington & Jefferson College.

Earlier in her career, she was editor of the internal newsletter of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A native of Tucson, Arizona, she is a graduate of Georgia State University. The Knapps have five adult children — Amanda, Tracy, Charlie, Mary and Ron — and two grandchildren.

Robert Cocco, is the Director of Campus and Public Safety and Clery Administrator for Washington & Jefferson College. He was appointed to this position in May 2014 after retiring from a 28-year career in federal law enforcement. During his federal career, he held the positions of U.S. Supreme Court Police Officer, U.S. Park Police Officer, Deputy U.S. Marshal, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal and Senior Inspector, Judicial Security Division, U.S. Marshals Service. As a Senior Inspector for the Marshals Service, he worked closely with College and University Police and Public Safety Departments leading protective details for visiting U.S. Supreme Court Justices, the U.S. Deputy Attorney General and members of the federal judiciary.

Mr. Cocco attended Juniata College and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.A. in Criminology. He is a graduate of the U.S. Marshals Service Academy, the U.S. Park Police Academy, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Basic Police Training Academy and Criminal Investigators Training Academy.

He and his wife Alison have four daughters, Emily, Melanie, Claire and Adriana.