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Office of the President
Teresa L. Amott, 19th President of Knox College
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
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.
Keith Archer, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services
Archer joined Knox in 2015 and brings to Knox an extensive career that spans a variety of settings, including retail and other corporate, accounting, and academia. He graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis, where he majored in accounting and minored in management, becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) shortly after receiving his degree. Keith's early career was in retail management, where he honed his skills in customer service and oversight of large staff units, including hiring, training, and performance evaluation. He has spent the last 21 years in finance, including the last decade at DePauw University, in Greencastle, Indiana, where he currently serves as executive director of finance & controller.
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.
Anne Ehrlich, Vice President for Student Development
Dr. Anne Ehrlich joined Knox in 2016 after spending nine years as the dean of students at Woodbury University, a small, private university just north of Los Angeles. Ehrlich received her bachelor's degree in psychology from University of California, San Diego, a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in educational leadership from University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her work at Woodbury University, Dr. Ehrlich held positions in residential life and student life at Whittier College and the University of Michigan. She has presented nationally on topics including collaboration between academic and student affairs, behavioral intervention, and assessment in student affairs, and has consulted on the development of residential learning communities, alcohol and sexual assault education programs, and social justice initiatives.
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, 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.
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 firm wide 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, 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.
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.
Megan Scott, Vice President for Communications
As vice president for 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, 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, 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.
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