Alphonso W. Knight Sr., is a retired architectural engineer, teacher, and college administrator. He served as superintendent of buildings and grounds at Fessenden Academy in Martin, Florida and at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. He taught in the public school system is St. Louis, Missouri and taught at Forest Park College in St. Louis, Missouri. Coupled with his teaching, he practiced architecture. He earned a B.S. degree in architectural engineering from Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia in 1947, a M.A. degree in Mathematics from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and did further study at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. His work experience also includes alumni administration at both Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He was a consultant in alumni affairs to more than 25 institutions of higher education.