Bob Knight, a former Wichita mayor and City Council member, is this year’s recipient of the Hugo Wall Award, which will be presented today during Wichita State University’s Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs Celebration of Excellence.
Knight’s career as a public servant will be honored during the school’s private reception at City Arts in Old Town.
The Hugo Wall Award is named after the school’s founder and was created to recognize outstanding service and dedication not only to the school but public servants.
Knight served in local politics from 1979 until 2003. He became the city’s first elected mayor in 1989 and was re-elected six times. Knight also served as secretary of commerce from 1992 to 1994; is a past president of the Kansas League of Municipalities and former president of the National League of Cities. He was instrumental in forming the Regional Economic Area Partnership.
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The ceremony also will recognize Brad Mears, director of operations of the Kansas Municipal Utilities in McPherson. He will receive the school’s Alumni Award for Outstanding Public Service.