Knox Heritage Names Christine Cloninger as Executive Director

Welcome, Christine Cloninger!

The Knox Heritage Board of Directors today announced that Christine Cloninger, the organization’s director of development and interim executive director, has been named executive director, effective February 22, 2022.

In addition to roles with Knox Heritage, Cloninger has an extensive background in non-profit management and development, formerly serving as senior development manager at JDRF.

“Christine’s collaborative management style, commitment to historic preservation, and knowledge of development give Knox Heritage the type of leadership we sought for the next phase of our service to Knoxville and the region,” said Knox Heritage Board President Jeff Wilke. “She has already impressed the board and staff with her vision for the organization and for her ability to build relationships.”

Cloninger, who holds her bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee, said she has grown to love Knox Heritage and the positive impact it continues to have on the region.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Knox Heritage team and I look forward to further advancing our mission to protect Knoxville’s unique character for future generations,” said Cloninger. “I intend to apply my organizational and relationship-building skills to make an impact in the Knoxville community that I know and love.”

She replaces her former boss, Todd Morgan, who led Knox Heritage for 3 years.

“The board is very confident that Christine is the person to take us to the next level,” said Rick Blackburn, past board president and head of the Transition Committee for Knox Heritage. “Her experience in non-profit management, fundraising, and her commitment to community and economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and historic preservation add value to us and the communities that we serve.”

Christine’s volunteer experience includes serving on the planning committee for Fountain City Day in the Park; delivering Mobile Meals to Knoxville seniors, and participating in various activities for the University of Tennessee’s Alumni Affairs office, most recently volunteering for their Welcome-A-Vol program.