Memorial Conference Grant


The call for applications for the 2021 conference grant is now open; the deadline for completed submissions is October 8th, 2021.
Memorial Conference Grants are awarded to current members in honor of a deceased NEAIR member who made significant contributions to the organization. The intent of this program is to financially support members who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference, particularly individuals who plan to share their knowledge and expertise with the NEAIR community.  The 2021 Memorial Grant honoree is William Knight.

Grants are normally awarded to two NEAIR members to help defray the costs of attending the Annual Conference; however, because of the reduced cost of the 2021 Virtual Conference, the Grants Committee and the NEAIR Steering Committee will provide grants for the majority of the registration fee ($100 of the $130 fee) to a larger number of recipients.

Please note:  The deadline is October 8, 2021.  Applicants will be notified by October 18th to allow for early bird registration deadline by October 25th.  Click the button below to begin the application process.

Memorial Conference Grant Application
Past Grant Recipients

2021 Memorial Grant Honoree - William Knight

William Knight, long-time NEAIR member who spent his entire career in institutions of higher education, passed away on April 7, 2021. Dr. Knight was Assistant Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Miami University. His responsibilities included leading the institutional research function and providing leadership and support to faculty and staff colleagues for assessment of student learning, supporting the strategic planning process, facilitating institutional- and department-level accreditation, and coordinating the academic unit review process.

He is a founding member, past president, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Higher Education Effectiveness, and past president, past forum chair and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). He received the BGSU BG Best Award in 1998, the BGSU Timothy D. King Friend of Student Affairs Award in 2009, the NASPA Region IV-E Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award in 2010, and the AIR Outstanding Service Award in 2013. His career spanned regional campuses to large, public, residential universities – held positions at Kent State University, Georgia Southern University, Bowling Green State University and Ball State University – and his work branched from IR to assessment, accreditation, program review, and strategic planning.

The value Dr. Knight placed on education was evident in the support and encouragement he offered to others. He is the author of “Leadership and management in institutional research: Enhancing personal and professional effectiveness”, which is not only based on his 25 years of experience, but also on a survey he conducted to tap into the experiences in the field. Bill Knight was self-aware and motivated and his life was cut short.

In the words of Dr. Victor Borden: “The profession will no longer have the benefit of his continually expanding wisdom, but he has left so much behind to help us all find the drive, commitment, initiative, and especially optimism to continue his quest to improve the craft of institutional research to serve higher education institutions. So now it’s time to for us to get on with our work as Bill would have insisted.”