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Teresa L. Amott, 19th President of Knox College

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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

Retired, 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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. Co-founder and Chief Strategist of 3G Capital Advisors. He has invested as a principal over $5 billion in real estate investments across the United States, primarily multifamily, of which about half was regulated affordable housing. Winning has been a partner at Steadfast Companies in California, McCord Development in Houston, and Judwin Companies in Houston. He also served as chairman of the Affordable/Workforce Housing Council of the Urban Land Institute.

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Printed on Wednesday, June 26, 2019