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Knox College President's Council

Teresa L. Amott Teresa L. Amott, President
Prior to assuming her post at Knox College, President Amott spent six years as provost and dean of the faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) in Geneva, New York. Educated in economics, President Amott holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and a B.A. from Smith College. Her research has focused on the labor market experiences of women and people of color.
Denise Bailey Denise Bailey, Executive Assistant to the President
Bailey started at Knox in 1988. Prior to that, she managed the Knox College Credit Union from 1983-1988. The basic function of her position as executive assistant to the president and assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees is to assist the president in the overall operation of the office, coordinate special projects and events, and serve as staff liaison to the Board of Trustees.
Tom Axtell Tom Axtell, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services
Axtell has been at Knox since 1999 and began his career here as the vice president for finance. He serves as co-chair of the Institutional Planning Group (IPG). Prior to Knox, Axtell was the associate treasurer and director of financial planning at Wesleyan University. He received his B.A. in biology from Oberlin College and his M.B.A. and M.E.M. from Yale University.
Laura Behling Laura Behling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Professor of English
Prior to becoming Knox's chief academic officer, Laura Behling served as associate provost for faculty affairs at Butler University. She received her B.A. in English from Kalamazoo College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature from The Claremont Graduate School. She also holds the M.S. in journalism from Boston University's Program for Reporting on Science and Medicine and a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. Behling began her professional career at Gustavus Adolphus College, and taught in the Czech Republic as a Fulbright Scholar. She is the author or editor of four books and has published on faculty development, undergraduate research and creative work, administrative leadership, medical humanities, and American literature and culture.
Charles Clark Charles Clark, Chief Institutional Research Officer
Clark became Knox's first dedicated institutional researcher in 2008. He provides information and analytical support for data-driven decision making throughout the College. Before coming to Knox, he was the associate director of institutional research at the University of Toledo. Prior to that, Clark was a demographic statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau where he earned special recognition for his work on the American Community Survey and the 2000 Census teams. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University with B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology and has completed advanced graduate study at Bowling Green State University in sociology, specializing in research methods and statistics.
Steve Hall Steve Hall, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Hall joined Knox in 1993. As the Chief Information Officer, he leads a team that operates and advances Knox's information technology infrastructure to support the goals of the College. Before coming to Knox, Hall worked in the aerospace and defense industry for TRW Inc. as a software developer, project manager, spacecraft systems engineer, and consultant to the Department of Defense and other governmental agencies. He is a graduate of Bradley University with a B.S. in computer science and mathematics.
Lori Schroeder Haslem Lori Schroeder, Associate Dean of the College, Professor of English
A member of the Knox faculty since 1996, Schroeder is an expert in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature and has written chapters for an anthology published by the Modern Language Association, a piece from Liverpool University Press, and articles in scholarly publications. She earned a B.A. at Purdue University, M.A. at the University of Illinois-Urbana, and a Ph.D. at the University of Denver. Schroeder is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and winner of the 2001 Philip Green Wright - Lombard College Prize, a Knox College award for distinguished teaching. At Knox, she has served on a number of committees, including the Faculty Committee on Academic Standing and on the Broadcast, Internet, and Publications Board.
Karrie Heartlein Karrie Heartlein, Director of Government & Community Relations
Heartlein is the director of government & community relations, where she coordinates efforts to enhance the partnership between the College and Galesburg and cultivates opportunities to work more effectively with local, state, and federal governments. Prior to taking this role, she served as the College's director of public relations for 12 years. Before coming to Knox, Heartlein was the director of firmwide communications for the accounting and consulting firm McGladrey & Pullen, LLP. Prior to that, she worked in communications for Caterpillar Inc. Heartlein graduated from Bradley University with B.A. and M.A. degrees in English.
Beverly Holmes Beverly Holmes, Vice President for Advancement
As the vice president for advancement, Holmes oversees fundraising and alumni relations. She came to Knox in 2001 as a special gifts officer. In 2004, Holmes was promoted to associate vice president and assumed management responsibilities for special gifts, alumni relations, and planned giving. She has held her present position since 2006. Before joining Knox, she was the director of communications for Lands' End, where she oversaw public relations and customer communications. Prior to that, Holmes worked in public relations and consumer affairs for Corning Glass Works and Frito-Lay. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. degree in consumer economics/journalism/nutrition.
Megan Scott Megan Scott, Associate Vice President and Chief Communication Officer
As associate vice president and chief communications officer, Scott oversees all College external and internal communications through electronic and print media. She also serves as editor of Knox Magazine, the College's biannual publication for alumni and friends. Prior to assuming her current role, she served as the College's director of Advancement communications. Scott graduated from Knox College in 1996 with a major in English literature and attended the University of Denver Publishing Institute. Before returning to Knox in a professional capacity in 2004, she worked in academic publishing for eight years, last serving as marketing manager for the University of Iowa Press.
Debra Southern Debra Southern, Dean of Students
Southern came to Knox in 2000 and joined the Office of Student Development as assistant dean of students in 2001. Before coming to Knox she was the assistant dean of students and director of residence life at Cornell College. Southern earned a B.A. in political science at Illinois Wesleyan University, where she also worked as a residence hall director and summer conference coordinator. She received a M.A. in higher education administration at the University of Iowa.
Paul Steenis Paul Steenis, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission
As vice president for enrollment and dean of admission, Steenis oversees enrollment for the College. He graduated from Knox College with a B.A. in philosophy and economics and business administration. Starting as an admission counselor shortly after his graduation, he has seen classes come and go and many changes that impact the application, admission, and financial aid process. Throughout the course of his 25+ years of service to the College, some things have remained the same: Knox continues to provide a world class education to a great group of students.