About Us

McKnight Associates, Inc.

Founded in 1996 as a consulting firm of professionals with senior human resources experience in higher education. McKnight specializes in hands-on human resources consulting for colleges, universities, medical centers and organizations of all sizes.


Key HR Service Areas

  • Job Classification and Compensation
  • Total Compensation
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Engagement & Culture Change
  • Faculty and Staff Workload
  • FLSA Exemption Determination
  • Organizational Design
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • HR Technology

Our Consulting Team is led by highly experienced professionals who served in Chief Human Resources Officer positions at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities. Our team sets the tone for who we are with energy and purpose.

We Provide Services throughout the U.S.A. and Globally. Our principal office is headquartered in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Our consultants are located throughout the U.S. to maximize service access for our clients nationally.

We share our clients challenges. McKnight’s goal is to assist with the development of long-term human resource allocation plans that meet both the financial and productivity objectives of the institution.

Stanley J. McKnight, J.D.


As President of McKnight Associates, Inc., Stan provides a strong Higher Education sector consulting practice in human resources delivering services in compensation, benefits design, employee and labor relations, and organizational design.

Professional Experience

Stan gained extensive experience with research universities and medical centers serving as the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at UCLA for six years and Chief Human Resources Officer at Purdue University for twelve years. He held senior level human resources positions at the University of Iowa and its Hospitals and Clinics, the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, and the University of Oklahoma. He served as the Resident Director of the Iowa Merit System while at the University of Iowa.

Stan conducted a comprehensive survey of employee benefits within higher education, including 600 colleges and universities nationally sponsored by the College and University Professional Association of Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

California Higher Education Clients

California State University-Monterey Bay, California State University-San Marcos, California State University System, University of California-San Diego, University of California-San Francisco, Pepperdine University, California Institute of the Arts, Woodbury University, Charles R. Drew University, John F. Kennedy University, Samuel Merritt College, California Polytechnic Institute, National University and Pomona College.

Medical Center Clients

Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas; Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Health System (both part of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, California); Whidden Hospital, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford (all part of the Hallmark Health System, Boston); Coffee Health Group, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Muscle Shoals, Alabama: including Shoals Hospital, Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, Russellville Hospital, Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing Home, and Coffee Corporate Offices; and Santa Marta Hospital (part of Daniel Freeman Hospitals, Los Angeles).

Recent Higher Education Clients

American International College, Otterbein University, Peirce College (PA), State College of Florida, Manatee – Sarasota, College of William & Mary, California Institute of the Arts, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Des Moines University, Columbia Theological Seminary, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, City College of New York, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York Institute of Technology, Florida South Western State College.

Public and Private Sector Clients

Imperial Irrigation District of California; Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Great Western Bank of California, Household International, Pomona, California; Howmet Corporation-Hampton Casting, Virginia; Howmet Corporation-La Porte Casting, Indiana; Great Hawaii Vacations, Westlake Village, California; and Commission Junction, Inc., Santa Barbara, California.