Literacy Mid-South Names Knox Shelton as Executive Director

Thursday, Dec 08, 2016

Literacy Mid-South Names Knox Shelton as Executive Director

Memphis, Tenn. (Dec. 8, 2016) – Literacy Mid-South today announced the nonprofit’s new executive director, Knox Shelton. Shelton, who has been with Literacy Mid-South since July 2015 in various roles, will be in the position effective Jan. 1.

Shelton will be responsible for developing and implementing a 5-year strategic plan for Literacy Mid-South. In the long-term, Shelton’s duties will include increasing funding from individuals and grant-making organizations as well as continued collaboration with Memphis-area nonprofits and city and county agencies.

Shelton has served as Literacy Mid-South’s interim executive director since July 2016. Prior, he was the organization’s community relations manager.  

“Following a thorough search, we are proud to announce that Knox Shelton is the new leader of Literacy Mid-South,” said Amanda Clarkson, Literacy Mid-South board chair. “His leadership has been evident in the successful implementation and continued momentum of Literacy Mid-South’s services and programs. The Summer Reading Initiative expanded its reach from 1,000 students last summer to 2,500 this summer, providing 1,400 minutes of reading intervention. We are confident that under Knox’s guidance, Literacy Mid-South will continue to make a significant difference in the lives of Mid-Southerners through literacy resources and education.”

Literacy Mid-South has been working to increase the literacy of Mid-Southerners for more than 40 years through group literacy classes, individual tutoring, and resourcing other non-profits. Earlier this year, Literacy Mid-South unveiled the Read901 initiative, a renewed citywide campaign to increase the amount of students reading on a third-grade reading level.

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to lead this organization and witness its continual growth,” Shelton said. “Literacy Mid-South has made significant strides over the past several years, and I look forward to providing my leadership as we progress in promoting a community of continuous learning.”

In addition to the new leadership at Literacy Mid-South, the Board of Directors has also added four new members in recent months, including Arlene Goldner of Archer Malmo; Laura Burditt, community volunteer;  Suzanne Bonefas of Rhodes College; and Travis Green of Shelby County General Sessions Court Clerk. They join members Amanda Clarkson, University of Memphis; Ashley Bonds, Marx-Bensdorf Realtors; Beverly Perkins, MLGW; Bryan Capooth, community volunteer; Fred Towler, International Paper; Lauri Prather, St. Jude Research Hospital; Michael Dockery, FedEx; Patrick Blankenship, Methodist Healthcare/University of Tennessee; Stuart Voges, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLC; Vicki Murrell, University of Memphis.