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The Taylor Years

Highlights from Roger Taylor's 10 Years at President

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Diane Rosenberg, trustee and fellow member of the Class of 1963, with Roger Taylor at his installation as president, October 2002
Diane Rosenberg, trustee and fellow member of the Class of 1963, with Roger Taylor at his installation as president, October 2002.
A little known fact -- Roger's business cards were stamped with Braille for the vision impaired.
A little known fact -- Roger's business cards were stamped with Braille for the vision impaired.
Roger's mug shot was one of the highlights of Flunk Day 2003.
Roger's "mug shot" was one of the highlights of Flunk Day 2003.
Members of the Campbell family and Roger break ground on the Campbell Gate, located at the corner of South and Cherry Streets, September 2003. The gate is in memory of John '43 and Nelle Laughlin Campbell '45.
Members of the Campbell family and Roger break ground on the Campbell Gate, located at the corner of South and Cherry Streets, September 2003. The gate is in memory of John '43 and Nelle Laughlin Campbell '45.
DRoger with the John Huston Finley plaque, which is in Finley's home town of Grand Ridge, Illinois. Both Roger and Finley were Illinois farm boys, Knox alumni, and presidents of their alma mater.
Roger with the John Huston Finley plaque, which is in Finley's home town of Grand Ridge, Illinois. Both Roger and Finley were Illinois farm boys, Knox alumni, and presidents of their alma mater.
Roger dons his Knox letter jacket to celebrate Homecoming 2004.
Roger dons his Knox letter jacket to celebrate Homecoming 2004.
U.S. Marine Corps Major Tolan Pica '93, former chief of security at the United States embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, presented the College with a flag that flew over the embassy during the 2004 Homecoming Convocation.
U.S. Marine Corps Major Tolan Pica '93, former chief of security at the United States embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, presented the College with a flag that flew over the embassy during the 2004 Homecoming Convocation.
Then Illinois Senator Barack Obama walks with Roger upon his arrival on the Knox campus. Obama delivered the 2005 Commencement address.
Then Illinois Senator Barack Obama walks with Roger upon his arrival on the Knox campus. Obama delivered the 2005 Commencement address.
Roger addresses a crowd of nearly 500 campus community members at the dedication of the the E. & L. Andrew Fitness Center, February 17, 2006.
Roger addresses a crowd of nearly 500 campus community members at the dedication of the the E. & L. Andrew Fitness Center, February 17, 2006.
Roger poses for photographs with comedian Stephen Colbert, Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient, before Commencement festivities, June 2006.
Roger poses for photographs with comedian Stephen Colbert, Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient, before Commencement festivities, June 2006.
Monmouth College President Maury Ditzler and Roger donate turkeys to Galesburg's FISH food pantry as part of the 2006 Bronze Turkey Wager.
Monmouth College President Maury Ditzler and Roger donate turkeys to Galesburg's FISH food pantry as part of the 2006 Bronze Turkey Wager.
Roger receives the Paul Harris Fellow award from the Galesburg Rotary Club for his commitment to community service, December 2006.
Roger receives the Paul Harris Fellow award from the Galesburg Rotary Club for his commitment to community service, December 2006.
Peace Corps Deputy Director Jody Olsen and Roger sign a memorandum of cooperation on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, creating a Peace Corps Preparatory Program at Knox -- the first program of its kind in the country.
Peace Corps Deputy Director Jody Olsen and Roger sign a memorandum of cooperation on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, creating a Peace Corps Preparatory Program at Knox -- the first program of its kind in the country.
Roger and Anne greet students and their families at the new student orientationwelcome ceremony, September 2007.
Roger and Anne greet students and their families at the new student orientation welcome ceremony, September 2007.
His Excellency Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador to the United States from the People's Republic of China, talks with Roger on the steps of the Ingersoll House, May 2007.
His Excellency Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador to the United States from the People's Republic of China, talks with Roger on the steps of the Ingersoll House, May 2007.
Roger and President Bill Clinton share a laugh during the presentation of honorary degrees during Commencement 2007. President Clinton delivered the Commencement address.
Roger and President Bill Clinton share a laugh during the presentation of honorary degrees during Commencement 2007. President Clinton delivered the Commencement address.
 
Roger congratulates Richard '56 and Sophie Henke of California upon the creation of the Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professorship, October 19, 2007.
Roger congratulates Richard '56 and Sophie Henke of California upon the creation of the Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professorship, October 19, 2007.
Roger greets former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as she arrives on the Knox campus to give the 2008 Commencement address.
Roger greets former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as she arrives on the Knox campus to give the 2008 Commencement address.
Knox families were always surprised to learn that the nice guy in the Knox T-shirt and baseball cap helping them move-in was actually the president of the College.
Knox families were always surprised to learn that the nice guy in the Knox T-shirt and baseball cap helping them move in was actually the president of the College.
Roger shows a photo of him with Barack and Michelle Obama to Kimberly Scanlon's second-grade classroom at Hanover Countryside Elementary School. Mrs. Scanlon's class adopted Knox as part of the No Excuses University program.
Roger shows a photo of himself with Barack and Michelle Obama to Kimberly Scanlon's second-grade classroom at Hanover Countryside Elementary School. Mrs. Scanlon's class adopted Knox as part of the No Excuses University program.
Roger congratulates new inductees into the Gale Scholars Program, a joint program between Knox, Carl Sandburg Community College, and Galesburg Community School District #205 to encourage college graduation, May 2009.
Roger congratulates new inductees into the Gale Scholars Program, a joint program between Knox, Carl Sandburg Community College, and Galesburg Community School District #205 to encourage college graduation, May 2009.
David Jeff Walton '29 is acknowledged by Roger as being the sole member to attend the 80th Class Reunion, June 2009.
David Jeff Walton '29 is acknowledged by Roger as being the sole member to attend the 80th Class Reunion, June 2009.
Roger and other local officials at announcement by GREDA, Galesburg Regional Economic Development Agency, of a Foreign Trade Zone, October 2009.
Roger and other local officials at announcement by GREDA, Galesburg Regional Economic Development Agency, of a Foreign Trade Zone, October 2009.
Current Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Tina Tchen accepts her 2010 honorary degree from Roger, who was the first lawyer for whom she worked upon starting her legal career.
Current Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Tina Tchen accepts her 2010 honorary degree from Roger, who was the first lawyer for whom she worked upon starting her legal career.
The final performance of Roger Taylor & The Fulton County Boys at the annual faculty/staff luncheon, September 2010.
The final performance of Roger Taylor & The Fulton County Boys at the annual faculty/staff luncheon, September 2010.
Roger tosses the coin at the 2010 Homecoming football game -- his final Homecoming game as president. He was also presented with a #18 football jersey in honor of his service to Knox.
Roger tosses the coin at the 2010 Homecoming football game -- his final Homecoming game as president. He was also presented with a #18 football jersey in honor of his service to Knox.

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