Office of the President
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C. Andrew McGadney is the 20th President of Knox College. Read more about President McGadney.
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Heather joined Knox College in July 2021. In her role, she assists in the conceptualization of strategic goals, manages major initiatives that support the strategic direction of the College, and contributes to the day to day operation of projects that directly advance the Knox mission. Most recently, Heather served as the chief of staff and presidential engagement liaison in the Office of College Advancement at Colby College. She has also held positions at Johns Hopkins University and Bates College. Heather received her B.A. from Bates College, and an MBA from Thomas College.
Executive Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Tianna Cervantez directs diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across campus. She continues in her role as director of intercultural life providing programming and support for students. She joined Knox in 2008 after receiving her A.M. from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. She earned her BA from Knox College in 2006.
Vice President for Finance & Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer
Paul Eisenmenger comes to Knox with more than 15 years of experience in higher education, serving in leadership positions in finance at Lewis University, Valparaiso University, and Trinity International University. Prior to joining academia, Eisenmenger held accounting and marketing positions in private industry for 16 years. He received his MBA from DePaul University and is registered as a CPA in the State of Illinois. He has held adjunct faculty positions at Columbia College and Trinity International University.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Steve 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.
Vice President for Advancement
Beverly Holmes oversees the College's fundraising and alumni relations. She came to Knox in 2001 as a special gifts officer and was promoted to associate vice president and assumed management responsibilities for special gifts, alumni relations, and planned giving in 2004. She has held her present position since 2006. Before joining Knox, she was the director of communications for Lands' End and 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.
Provost and Dean of the College
Michael Schneider served as interim dean of the College in 2017-2018, as associate dean for four years, director of the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies for eight years, and twice served as resident director for the ACM/GLCA Japan Study off-campus program in Tokyo. A member of the Knox College faculty since 1992, Schneider has served as chair of the history department as well as chair of the Asian Studies and international studies programs.
Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission
Paul 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.
Executive Director of Communications
Lisa Van Riper joined Knox College in November 2020 as Executive Director of Communications. In her role, she leads communications strategy and implementation in collaboration with partners across campus and with the Communications team. Prior to joining Knox College Lisa held communications leadership positions at University of Richmond, and in the consumer packaged goods and services and public service sectors.
Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College
Peggy Ware is a retired U.S. Navy veteran with 26 years of service. Over the course of her career, she was stationed in Iraq, Guam, England, and the U.S. Her final posting was as an executive assistant at Naval Provisional Detainee Battalion FIVE, Camp Bucca, Iraq. She has worked in the President's Office since 2015.