Knotts donation jumpstarts building renovation project

NSU alumni Mike and Kenny Knotts presented a donation to the NSU Foundation to support the renovation of a building at 520 University Parkway that will house NSU’s Office of Development and staff. From left are Kenny Knotts, Director of Development Jill Bankston, CFRE; Bridgette Knotts and Mike Knotts.

NATCHITOCHES – Two brothers who are alumni and longtime supporters of Northwestern State University helped kickstart a renovation project that will provide new offices for NSU’s Office of Development and staff.

Mike Knotts of Haughton and Kenny Knotts of Benton donated $30,000 to the NSU Foundation that will contribute to upgrading a building at 520 University Parkway, which for many years housed the Wesley Foundation, a Methodist campus ministry.  The Development staff moved out of the Alumni Center two years ago and have been working from separate offices in Russell Hall while Alumni staff continues to work from the Alumni Center.

“With the renovation of the Wesley building, our Development staff will have space for offices, a board room and an auxiliary space that we hope to make available for small events.” said Drake Owens, executive director of the NSU Foundation. “Its location across the street from the Alumni Center will be much more convenient and will allow us to visit with donors and host meetings.”

Mike Knotts, a 1986 graduate, served as NSU Foundation board member and is currently its fundraising committee chair.  For many years, he hosted NSU’s Bossier Parish recruiting receptions for incoming students and their parents.  He is a member of the NSU Columns Fund and a contributor to the Mack & Jonell Knotts Annual Scholarship and other special projects for the NSU Foundation.   His son, Nick, is a current NSU student.

Kenny Knotts is a 1989 NSU graduate and former Demon baseball player.  He is currently serving as past president of the Demons Unlimited Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee.

“The Foundation staff wishes to express our gratitude to Mike and Kenny Knotts and their generous support for the work that we do,” Owens said. “The revitalized space will help us provide better service to our supporters and constituents.”

Friends who wish to contribute to the renovation fund can do so by visiting