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Executive Committee

Charles F. Smith '84

Charles F. Smith '84

Chair of the Board

Partner, Skadden Arps LLP, Chicago, Illinois. Smith received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He leads Skadden's litigation practice in Chicago and represents a broad array of U.S. and international companies, as well as their top executives, in complex regulatory investigations, enforcement matters, and litigation. Smith has served on the College's Alumni Council and Knox Fund Steering Committee and frequently hosts alumni meetings and events.

Teresa L. Amott, Ex-officio

Teresa L. Amott, Ex-officio

Executive Committee Member

President of Knox College. Prior to Knox, President Amott spent six years as provost and dean of the faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) in Geneva, New York. Before joining HWS, she was vice provost at Gettysburg College and held academic appointments at Bucknell University, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts-Boston and Amherst, and Wellesley College. Educated in economics, she holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and a B.A. from Smith College. President Amott's research has focused on the labor market experiences of women and people of color.

Laura Rosene '90

Laura Rosene '90

Vice Chair of the Board

Self-employed, HR Consultant, Upper Arlington, Ohio. Rosene earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has led or served in human resource roles for ConAgra and various units of YUM! Brands, including A&W, Long John Silvers, and most recently as the chief people officer for Kentucky Fried Chicken. She served Knox as an alumni trustee before becoming a general trustee, and was a member of the Business Advisory Council and the Campaign Advisory Committee.

Eugene A. Procknow '76

Eugene A. Procknow '76

Chair of Admission and Financial Aid

Retired, Managing Principal-Government Relations, Deloitte LLP, Washington, D.C. Procknow served clients in federal, state, and local communications, healthcare, and publishing. His professional focus was the integration of technology with business strategy and objectives. Procknow served Deloitte in multiple leadership capacities, and in 2011 was named one of the Top 25 Consultants for Excellence in the Public Sector. Procknow received his master's degree from the University of Michigan.

Susan Haerr Zucker '78

Susan Haerr Zucker '78

Chair of Advancement

Vice President and General Counsel, City Real Estate Incorporated, Chicago, Illinois. Zucker received her J.D. from Washington University. She has been an active volunteer for Knox, serving on the Alumni Council and Knox Fund Steering Committee, as well as hosting both Advancement and Admission events in the Chicago area. Prior to joining the Board as a general trustee, Zucker served as an alumni trustee, where she chaired the Board's facilities subcommittee.

Janice Vyn Sharry '73

Janice Vyn Sharry '73

Chair of Facilities and Infrastructure

Partner, Haynes & Boone LLP, Dallas, Texas. Sharry received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University and is a leading corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer. Over the course of her career, Sharry has served as a trusted advisor to numerous corporations and private equity firms, navigating complex multi-national transactions and capital raises. Her experience in the energy, aviation, healthcare, and food industries includes work on many transactions having a value in excess of $1 billion and others that involve crisis situations. Jan has served as a host for alumni events in the Dallas area.

Tom Anderson '66

Tom Anderson '66

Chair of Campus Life & Athletics

Retired, CEO, Methodist Home Care and HemaSource, Indianapolis, Indiana. Anderson earned his MBA from Bradley University. Before becoming a healthcare executive, Anderson served Knox as director of admission and as assistant to the vice president for finance. Anderson is a lead donor and proponent of Knox Athletics, served as chair of the College's Business Advisory Council, and regularly speaks to Knox business classes regarding healthcare economics.

Patrick St. Aubyn Lyn '84

Patrick St. Aubyn Lyn '84

Chair of Finance

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Non-US Sales Support, BNY Mellon Asset Management North America, Boston, Massachusetts. A certified public accountant, Lyn earned his MBA and Master of Accounting degrees from Rice University. Prior to joining Standish, Lyn was a portfolio manager and director of fixed income investments at Davis Hamilton Jackson & Associates and a trust officer with Texas Commerce Bank. He started his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young.

Keith Maskus '76

Keith Maskus '76

Chair of Academic Affairs

Arts and Sciences Professor of Distinction in Economics, University of Colorado. Maskus received his master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is an expert in international trade and finance and has been a lead economist at the World Bank. He has also been a research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and at the Kiel Institute for World Economics, and an adjunct professor in Australia, Germany and China.  

Joseph C. Bastian '67

Joseph C. Bastian '67

Chair of the Committee on Trustees

Retired, Owner/CEO-Panera Bread Franchisee, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Bastian received an MBA from Washington University. He began his professional career at Chrysler Corporation and then worked for Allied Signal in their automotive division. During his employment with Allied, Bastian progressed to the position of chief financial officer of Allied Signal-International and lived in Hong Kong for four years, where he was responsible for all divisions of Allied Signal-International. After retirement from Allied, Bastian purchased the eastern North Carolina franchise territory of Panera Bread Company. He, his wife, Diane, and sister, Kathryn Bastian '78, expanded Breadwinners at the Triangle to 16 stores before selling the franchise in 2012.

General Trustees

Barbara A. Baird '73

Barbara A. Baird '73

General Trustee

Horace White Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University. Baird received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell and was the first woman to receive tenure in Cornell University's chemistry department. Her research laboratory employs a broad range of biophysico-chemical methods to investigate the structure and molecular mechanisms of cell surface receptors that operate in immunological and other responses. She has been honored for her work with the New York Academy's Harold Lamport Award for Biophysics and Physiology, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and was awarded a Knox College Alumni Achievement Award in 1994.

Douglas L. Bayer '66

Douglas L. Bayer '66

General Trustee

Retired, Microsoft Corporation, Bellevue, Washington. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Knox, Bayer went on to earn both his master's degree and doctorate in nuclear physics at Michigan State University. Bayer spent his Microsoft career in software development and security. Bayer is currently president of the Douglas and Maria Bayer Foundation, a non-profit supporting the arts, education, and the environment. He and his wife created the Bayer Faculty Chair in Earth Sciences in Knox's Environmental Studies Department.

Nyerere Billups, Sr. '99

Nyerere Billups, Sr. '99

General Trustee

Associate Director, Early Development and Project Management Office for Janssen: A Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson. Billups has received multiple certifications in Leadership & Strategic Management from Cornell University-Johnson Graduate School of Management. He has spent the past 16 plus years in research and development of pharmaceutical drugs in academia and the pharma/biotech industry. He mentors Knox students and is involved in the Knox College Black Alumni Network (BAN).

Nancy B. Carlin '72

Nancy B. Carlin '72

General Trustee

Retired. Carlin volunteers for a variety of community organizations. She met her late husband, John '72, while at Knox, and their daughter, Sarah '10, followed in their footsteps. In honor of her husband, Carlin established the John D. Carlin Fund, which supports the Bastian Family Career Center's efforts to provide students with the opportunity to receive practical career information and advice from alumni.

Carol Bovard Craig '89

Carol Bovard Craig '89

General Trustee

Founder/CEO, Craig Technologies, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Craig completed the 3-2 program at Knox and the University of Illinois graduating with degrees in computer science and engineering, then added an MS in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and is pursuing a Ph.D in Systems Engineering at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida. Craig worked for the Department of Defense and eventually became a Naval Flight Officer. In 1999, she started Craig Technologies, offering high-end custom engineering and technical support services. Today, she leads more than 400 employees in 20 different states.

Celinda Davis '15

Celinda Davis '15

Alumni Trustee

Graduate student in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership Program. Before pursuing her master's degree, Davis taught at Montessori Habitat School. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and during her time at Knox, was a Dean's List student who earned numerous awards, including the Lincoln Laureate, Faculty Scholarship Prize, the Outstanding Senior Award, and a Ford Fellowship.

Deborah S. DeGraff '80

Deborah S. DeGraff '80

General Trustee

Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. DeGraff earned her master's and doctorate degrees in economics at the University of Michigan. An applied microeconomist, DeGraff is an expert on population and human resource issues in developing countries. DeGraff has written and lectured extensively about children's work and schooling and women's labor force participation in developing countries. Before joining the faculty at Bowdoin, DeGraff spent two years with the United Nation's International Labor Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina.

Tony Etz '83

Tony Etz '83

General Trustee

Agent, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, California. Etz attended the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and earned his MFA there in 1985. As an agent, Tony represents and packages both talent and television shows. He teaches media classes as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. He is a fourth generation Knox graduate. His grandfather, Robert Murphy '31, was a former chair of the Knox Board of Trustees.

Lieutenant General David P. Fridovich '74

Lieutenant General David P. Fridovich '74

General Trustee

Retired, Deputy Commander, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base. Fridovich earned a master's degree at Tulane University and then joined the Army. Fridovich filled a variety of operational and command assignments with the majority of his career in the Pacific Rim region. He served in South Korea, Haiti, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and directed a widely praised Special Forces counter-terrorism operation in the Philippines. He also studied at the U.S. Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and at the British Forces Royal College of Defense Studies in London, England.

Isabelle Czarkowki Goossen '73

Isabelle Czarkowki Goossen '73

General Trustee

Retired, Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. Goossen received an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. She has held a variety of leadership positions in business and served in financial roles for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association for 16 years. She also serves as a director with Columbian Mutual Life Insurance Company and is a board member of Methode Electronics Inc.

Don Harmon '88

Don Harmon '88

General Trustee

Illinois State Senator from the 39th Legislative District. Harmon is in his fifth Senate term and was appointed president pro tempore in 2011, offering him a key role in shaping policy and moving legislation through the Illinois Senate. Harmon has previously served as an alumni trustee and often works with philanthropists in Chicago who support educational efforts.

Elzelien "Ellie" Hartog '66

Elzelien "Ellie" Hartog '66

General Trustee

Retired, Director of Interagency Collaboratives for the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Hartog coordinated the Sexual Abuse Response Team at the center. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago. During her career, she formed the Connecticut state chapter of the National Children's Alliance and served as its chair for seven years. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and has served on the board of the Connecticut chapter of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).

Jan Koran '71

Jan Koran '71

General Trustee

Retired, General Counsel, YMCA of the USA, Chicago. Koran received her law degree from Northwestern Law School. She was an attorney with McDermott Will & Emory before joining the YMCA. Koran is an engaged Knox volunteer, having served on the Knox Fund Steering Committee, Campaign Advisory Committee, and as chair of the Knox Board of Trustees for two terms. She also enjoys reaching out to Knox alumni to engage them with the College and has hosted numerous alumni and College events.

John Lawler '88

John Lawler '88

General Trustee

Vice President, Strategy, Ford Motor Company. Lawler received his MBA in finance from the University of Iowa. He joined Ford Motor Company in 1990 and served in a variety of roles in North America, Europe and Asia. His assignments include serving as controller of Europe's Product Development organization, a finance leader with Mazda Motor Corporation, CFO for Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, and chairman and CEO Ford Motor China. Lawler has served Knox as a member of the Business Advisory Council.

Keith Lee '94

Keith Lee '94

General Trustee

CEO and co-founder of Feenix Venture Partners, a venture capital firm based in New York City that provides debt, equity and hybrid capital to early stage growth companies. After earning an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Lee went on to work at Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, and UBS Investment Bank as a structurer and trader in structured credit before joining H/2 Capital Partners, a multi-billion dollar commercial real estate debt platform as a partner and head of capital markets. Lee and his wife, Erin Sung-Hee Park '95, are supporters of the Bastian Family Career Center.

Helen Haiching Lin '94

Helen Haiching Lin '94

General Trustee

Vice President of Special Projects at ComplySci, New York City. Lin received her MBA from Harvard Business School and began her career with The Boston Consulting Group and has consulted with companies in the technology, financial services, consumer products, and retail industries. Prior to working for she was Vice President of IMD Digital Strategy at Goldman Sachs, and before that a product manager and chief of staff to the president of Markit, a financial information and technology company. She served as a member of the Campaign Advisory Committee.

Robert Long '75

Robert Long '75

General Trustee

Founder and Co-Chair, Littler Mendelson's Business Restructuring Practice Group. Long works with corporate clients and private equity firms to guide them in structuring corporate transactions to minimize risk and maximize the value and success of those transactions from a labor, employment, and employee benefits perspective. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979 and worked at a Chicago law firm for more than 24 years before joining Littler Mendelson in 2003.

Steven P. Luetger '75 at Knox College Commencement

Steven P. Luetger '75

General Trustee

Retired, Senior Managing Director, Mesirow Financial, Chicago, Illinois. Luetger earned an MBA at the University of Chicago. He serves as the head of Mesirow Financial's fixed income management group and the fixed income strategy team, and also oversees the asset-backed security sector. He has chaired the Knox Fund Steering Committee and served on the Knox College Business Advisory Council. He has received the Knox Service Award.

Laurence Msall '84

Laurence Msall '84

General Trustee

President, Civic Federation, Chicago, Illinois. Msall received his BA in anthropology and sociology from Knox College and attended Loyola University School of Law, where he received his J.D in 1992. While an undergraduate, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and captain of the cross country team. He has served as a class agent, as well as an admissions volunteer for the College. Before joining the Civic Federation in 2002, Msall served as Senior Advisor for Economic Development and Infrastructure for Governor George H. Ryan and Vice President of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a nonprofit group of Chicago's senior business and civic leaders. He also represented Illinois Governor Jim Thompson's office on economic and business-related issues before the General Assembly.

Derek Papp '01

Derek Papp '01

General Trustee

Orthopedic Surgeon, Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute. Papp received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Prior to moving to South Florida, he served as a part-time assistant professor of orthopedic surgery in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he provided clinical and surgical instruction to residents. He currently serves as a consultant to the Baltimore Orioles and has served as a venue physician during the World Baseball Classic in both Seoul and Mexicali.

Susan Plomin '86

Susan C. Plomin '86

General Trustee

After graduating from Knox, Plomin served as a board member for the Chicago Knox Club. Plomin has served as a member of various non-profit organizations, including Conner Prairie Alliance and Oakland County Lighthouse, as well as on the board of directors as treasurer for Christ Child Society of Detroit. Plomin and her husband, Joseph Plomin ‘84, helped fund the widely utilized Plomin Terrace outside of Alumni Hall, as well as the resurfacing of Turner Track.

Tino Schuler '87

Tino Schuler '87

General Trustee

Founder, Schuler Educational Consulting. Schuler guides young people and their families on the college selection journey and provides them with a host of financial, database, and management services. Schuler has more than 20 years of experience as a medical device marketing executive at Medtronix. He previously served as an alumni trustee before becoming a general trustee and has been a member of the Business Advisory Council and the K Club.

Dan Spaulding '99

Dan Spaulding '99

General Trustee

Vice President of People and Culture, Zillow Group, Seattle, Washington. Spaulding received a MS in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Illinois. Before joining Zillow, Spaulding was Vice President of Human Resources for U.S. stores and retail operations at Starbucks, overseeing 140,000 employees across the country. Prior to that, he worked at Life Technologies and Dell, Inc., which included an expatriate assignment in China.

John J. Straus Jr. '73

John J. Straus Jr. '73

General Trustee

Client Services Manager, Exponent, Chicago. John received an MAT from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. His background includes new venture startups, public affairs, government relations, business development and marketing, media relations, and project management. Straus has volunteered his time and talent for Knox and is the recipient of the Knox Service Award. He has served on the Alumni Council, for which he is a former chair, and has served as a leader of the Chicago Knox Club. He also mentors students and participates in mock interviews and office hours hosted by the Bastian Family Career Center.

Adam Vitale

Adam Vitale

General Trustee

President and General Manager, G&M Distributors, Galesburg. Vitale received his MBA from Pepperdine University. He embarked on a career in hospitality and tourism consulting and then joined a distributorship in Washington, D.C., before returning to Galesburg to lead the company started by his grandfather. Vitale is currently the chairman of the board of OSF St. Mary Medical Center/Holy Family Medical Center, vice chairman of the Knox County Partnership for Economic Development, treasurer of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, and VP/treasurer of the G.L. Vitale Family Foundation, long supporters of Knox.

Gerald F. Vovis, Ph.D. '65

Gerald F. Vovis, Ph.D. '65

General Trustee

President and CEO of Vovis Enterprises. Vovis has more than 20 years of executive management experience in the biotechnology industry. He is currently a consultant to the industry and an executive in residence at Connecticut Innovations, where he is providing support to innovative, growing companies in Connecticut. Vovis and his wife, Carol Klail Vovis '65, established the Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study through a lead gift for the renovation of Alumni Hall. Vovis received his Ph.D. in biology from Case Western Reserve University.

R. Kyle Winning '83

R. Kyle Winning '83

General Trustee

Real estate investor, Little Rock, Arkansas. Winning earned an MBA at Rice University. He oversees real estate investments of more than $1.5 billion across the United States and Mexico. Winning has been a partner at Steadfast Companies in California, McCord Development in Houston, and Judwin Companies in Houston. He also serves as chairman of the Affordable/Workforce Housing Council of the Urban Land Institute.

Emeritus Trustees

Laurel J. Andrew '86
Director and Treasurer, The Andrew Family Foundation, Orland Park, Illinois. Andrew and her parents, Edward and Edith Andrew of Orland Park, Illinois, and their family members provided the lead gift for Knox's E. & L. Andrew Fitness Center. She completed an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. As head of the family's foundation, she continues the deep philanthropic commitment of her grandparents, founders of Andrew Corporation, to improve the quality of life of individuals by providing the tools and opportunities that can enrich their lives and help them become productive citizens.

Harold D. Bibb '62
Retired, Associate Dean of Graduate School and Professor of Zoology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island. Bibb was an NIH and USPHS post-doctoral fellow at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and Brown University. He earned his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa.

Susan A. Blew '75
Technology Consultant, San Francisco, California. Blew has served as senior business leader, global head of IT business management at VISA as well as vice president of technology infrastructure programs at Kaiser Permanente, where she was responsible for a portfolio of projects over $2 billion. She was EVP at Wells Fargo, where she was the director of the Leadership Development Program; CIO at Pacific Bell Information Services; and a member of Keiretsu Forum, a global investment community.

Sandra E. Frum '70
President, Village of Northbrook, Northbrook, Illinois. Frum has been active in Northbrook Civic affairs, an officer for the League of Women Voters of Northbrook, a member of the Advisory Board of Countryside Montessori School, and president of the North Suburban Aquatic Club. She holds a master's degree in teaching from Colorado College.

Patrick F. Graham '62
Retired, Vice President, The Gillette Company, Santa Monica, California. Graham began his career at IBM and later served as group vice president of Boston Consulting Group, and was a co-founder and director of Bain & Company before joining AT Kearney. He also holds a master's degree from Stanford University.

Joseph B. Glossberg
Senior Managing Director, Gofen & Glossberg, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. Glossberg received his B.A. and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. In 1965, he joined his father's investment counseling firm, Gofen & Glossberg, Inc. Glossberg has headed the Knox Board of Trustee's investment sub-committee for more than 15 years and is responsible for the significant growth of the endowment during his tenure. In addition to serving Knox, Glossberg serves on the boards of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and the Merrit School of Music.

Mary Mullins Hinz '58
President, F. Thomas Heller, Inc., Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Hinz has been a financial analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and Wharton Econometrics Forecasting Associates. She completed coursework and examinations for a doctorate in economics at Washington University.

Gary Jacobson '77
President, CEO & CFO of SNBL USA, Ltd. Jacobson received a Certificate of Study in political economy from the University of Glasgow and a master's degree from Marshall University. He spent much of his career serving the bio-tech and biosciences industries and also worked for several Chicago-based financial institutions. He has served on the Alumni Council and the Knox Fund Steering Committee.

Robert J. Jamieson '65
Journalist, New York, New York. Jamieson began working at ABC in 1990 after 19 years with NBC News. While at ABC he was based in New York and reported for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline, and other ABC News programs. Jamieson has reported from all seven continents, won five national news Emmys, and was a member of the ABC News team that won both Alfred I. duPont and George Foster Peabody Awards.

James M. Kilts '70
Founding Partner, Centerview Capital, Greenwich, CT. Kilts was previously the chairman and CEO of the Gillette Company and, prior to that, the CEO of Nabisco and Kraft. He has been a visiting lecturer and executive-in-residence at the University of Chicago, where he established the James M. Kilts Center for Marketing at the Graduate School of Business. A history graduate of Knox, Kilts earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Dan M. Martin '61
Retired, Managing Director, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center, Arlington, Virginia. Martin has served on numerous distinguished boards and commissions, including the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation, the National Commission on the Financing of Post-Secondary Education, the Illinois Board of Regents, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Higher Education Colloquium. He has a master's and doctorate degree from Princeton University.

Joe A. Masterson '65
Chairman, The Masterson Company, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Masterson has served as chairman and trustee for the Glenwood School for Boys, a member of the advisory council at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Business, and as a corporation member for the Milwaukee School of Engineering. 

George J. Matkov Jr. '64
Of Counsel, Ford & Harrison LLP, Chicago, Illinois. Matkov represents companies throughout the United States in complicated labor and industrial relations matters. His practice is focused on labor contract negotiations, labor arbitration, work before the National Labor Relations Board, compensation and benefits, OSHA, ERISA, EEO matters, and related litigation. Matkov has an LL.B. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Dushan (Duke) Petrovich '74
Retired, President and Consultant, William Wrigley, Jr. Company, Chicago, Illinois. Petrovich has served as senior vice president-people, learning, and development; vice president-organizational development; vice president-controller; and vice president-treasurer. He has taught in the MBA program at Dominican University and has served on the boards of Montini High School in Chicago and The NEA Foundation for the improvement of education in Washington, D.C. Petrovich earned a master's degree in accounting from Roosevelt University and a certificate from the Senior Executive Program at the University of Michigan.

John D. Podesta '71
Board of Directors, Center for American Progress. Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and as counselor to President Barack Obama. He was a visiting professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center and was chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidental campaign. Podesta received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

James R. Potter '63
Partner, Londrigan Potter & Randle P.C., Springfield, Illinois. Potter earned his law degree at the University of Iowa and a master's degree in business administration at the University of Chicago. His legal career is focused in corporate and commercial practice and civil litigation. Potter received a Knox Alumni Achievement Award in 1978 and a Knox Service Award in 1989 for his volunteer activities on behalf of the College.

Thomas V. Reilly '68
Retired, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Putnam Value Equity Group, Boston, Massachusetts. Reilly received his bachelor's degree in economics from Knox and his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1971. His family has a long Knox legacy as many relatives have graduated from the College. Reilly has worked as a venture capital investment officer, investment analyst, and portfolio manager at various companies. 

Richard V. Riddell '72
Senior Vice President and University Secretary at Duke University. In this capacity, Riddell serves as secretary to the Board of Trustees and as chief of staff to the president. He is the Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Professor of the Practice in Theater Studies, and has been both a faculty member and administrator at Duke since 1992. He was also an administrator and faculty member at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego. Riddell received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and was awarded a Knox College Alumni Achievement Award in 1986 and a Tony award in 1985 for excellence in lighting for the production of  Big River on Broadway.

Diane S. Rosenberg '63
Retired, Chair of the Board, Olson Rug Company, Chicago, Illinois. Rosenberg joined the Knox College Board of Trustees in 1989, and in 2002 became the first woman elected chair of the Board. She has served on numerous trustee committees, including advancement, buildings and grounds, development, education, executive, and student affairs. Rosenberg earned a master's in biology at Loyola University of Chicago, and in 2006 Knox awarded her the Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree.

David A. Schulz '74
Floyd Abrams Lecturer and Co-director of the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School and Senior Counsel at Ballard Spahr, LLP. He defends the newsgathering activity and content of such news organizations as The New York Times, the Associated Press, CBS, Hearst, Conde Nast, BuzzFeed, Gizmodo, and other media outlets. His Yale clinic provides pro bono legal services to defend the newsgathering rights of journalists and advocacy organizations.  Schulz is ranked one of the Top 10 First Amendment Litigators in the country by Chambers USA. He earned his M.A. and J.D. at Yale University.

Robert J. Sparks '56
Retired, President, United Federal Savings Bank, Galesburg, Illinois. Sparks has been active in civic and college affairs as a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow designee and former president of the Knox College Alumni Association. He is a past chapter advisor to Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Knox and active in various advancement efforts at the College.

Fay Stevenson-Smith, M.D. '64
Sculptor. Retired Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Wilton, Connecticut. After graduating from Knox, Stevenson-Smith was selected to teach for two years at Cuttington College in Liberia, West Africa. She then completed a master's degree in psychology, worked in television, then attended medical school at Temple University and practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 17 years. After retiring from medicine, Stevenson-Smith began a new career as a sculptor.

Caroline Hamblin Tucker '53
Retired, Teacher, PRIME, Mechanicsville, Virginia. Tucker has served on the board of trustees of Saint Paul's College and the Richmond Community Board, United Virginia Bank. She received her master's in zoology from Pennsylvania State University.

Ralph Walter '69
Senior Managing Director, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., Los Angeles, California. Semi-retired, Walter serves in leadership roles on numerous non-profit boards and is able to summer at Oxford University. He obtained a master's degree in economics from Indiana University and a doctorate in theology from the Saint Alcuin House Seminary.

Honorary Trustees

Richard P. Henke '56
Retired, Physician, Pathology Consultant, Rolling Hills, California. Henke received his M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1960. He and his wife endowed the Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professorship.

Mary Kent Knight '60
Retired, Data Processing Technician, Northern Trust Company, Stuart, Florida and Lake Forest, Illinois. As a homemaker and community volunteer, Knight served as the first female president of Illinois Elementary District 67 School Board, co-founded the nonprofit Spirit of 67 Foundation, served on the board of directors for several community volunteer organizations, and raised two sons. She received a master's degree in liberal studies from Lake Forest College and a Ph.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary.

Morton W. Weir '55
Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois. Weir has served in numerous academic and administrative positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he originally joined the faculty in 1960. Weir served as chair of the Knox College Board from 1995 to 1999.

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