Daphne Knox is the new distance coordinator for the Colleges of Engineering, Forest Resources, and Agriculture and Life Sciences. As the former Director of Volunteer Starkville, she has a significant amount of professional experience in grant writing, teaching, communication, event planning, and connecting the community and Mississippi State University students to service projects and organizations. Knox has fostered service learning throughout her undergraduate and graduate education at MSU when she volunteered for Maroon Volunteer, the MSU volunteer center. To carry on the tradition of service, she currently gives her time as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Volunteer Starkville.
Knox earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Policy and Administration from MSU. When she's not volunteering or working, Knox enjoys reading books authored by local artists and spending time with her husband and animals. She has three dogs and two cats, four of which she rescued. She is a strong advocate for "Adopt, don't shop," and highly recommends Oktibbeha County Humane Society for finding your furry family members.
When asked what her favorite tradition at MSU is, she said, "Maroon Friday! It makes getting dressed one day a week really simple, and everyone comes together and looks uniform, like family." Knox loves that Maroon Friday is drilled into you as a student so that outside of MSU campus, graduates continue that tradition in their careers.
As she settles in her new position, Knox hopes to help future students with questions about MSU's online programs and, most importantly, encourage them to get involved and volunteer, no matter where they are located.
To learn more about the MSU degrees offered online, visit online.msstate.edu/academic-programs.
Story and picture by Nikki Harper