John L. Knott, Jr.
As President/CEO and co-founder of the Noisette
John Knott leads the Noisette Project development team, which is
collaborating with the City of North Charleston, South Carolina,
in the sustainable restoration of 3,000 acres of the city’s
historic urban core and areas of the former Charleston Naval Base.
A third-generation developer, Knott has 38 years of experience in
urban redevelopment, historic preservation, and community rehabilitation.
He specializes in ecologically sound development, emphasizing energy-efficient
design in the holistic development of sustainable communities.
Among numerous other appointments in the non-profit, business,
and government sectors related to sustainable development, Knott
is also co-founder of the Harmony Project and the Sustainability
Institute in the Charleston region and serves as the CEO/Managing
Director of the Island Preservation Partnership, which developed
the 1,206-acre Dewees Island oceanfront retreat dedicated to environmental
preservation. Knott has been honored for his work by such organizations
as the South Carolina Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
and the State of South Carolina and has been named an environmental
champion and one of the world’s leading design visionaries
by publications such as Interiors & Sources and Metropolis
John W. Kelly, Ph.D
Dr. John Kelly is the Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture
(PSA) at Clemson
and serves as one of the three mission vice presidents at the University.
At Clemson, Dr. Kelly also serves as Director of the Clemson University
Experiment Station, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service
(CUCES), and South Carolina Botanical Garden (SCBG), and as Administrative
Technical Representative for the McIntire-Stennis Forestry Program.
Additionally, he serves as Executive Director of the Clemson
University Restoration Institute (CURI).
Located on 82 acres in North Charleston on the former Charleston
Navy Base, CURI is driving economic growth by creating, developing,
and fostering restoration industries and environmentally sustainable
technologies in South Carolina.
Alongside his academic and outreach activities, Dr. Kelly is active
in community and professional organizations. Currently, Dr. Kelly
serves as Chair of the Board for The American Distance Education
Consortium, South Carolina Nutrition Consortium, and Animal Co-Products
Research and Education Center (ACREC), and as President of the Administrative
Heads of the National Association of State Universities and Land
Grant Colleges (NASULGC). He also serves on the Boards for the Pate
Foundation, South Carolina Forestry Association, and South Carolina
Biotechnology Alliance. Additionally, Dr. Kelly is a Fellow and
former Chairman of the Board of Directors of The American Society
for Horticultural Science. Having published more than 50 scientific
journal articles and over 100 popular press articles, Dr. Kelly
has received a number of significant awards from the American Society
for Horticultural Science, notably the award for Outstanding Research,
the L. M. Ware Distinguished Research Award, and the Leadership
and Administration Award.
The sponsor of this year's Opening Plenary Session and Keynote
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