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 Student Development
Dr. MarQuita Barker has served as the Vice President for Student Development at Knox College since January 2022. In this role, she serves as the senior student affairs officer and as a member of senior staff. She provides leadership for all aspects of student life including departments that are responsible for providing programs and services dedicated to student success. As Vice President, she is an advocate for holistic student learning and represents student needs across campus.
Prior to joining Knox, Dr. Barker served in roles at Elon University in diversity education and residence life. She also held positions at Old Dominion University and Hampton University in residence life and student access, respectively.
She earned her B.S. in communications and M.S. in higher education administration from Old Dominion University. She also earned her M.B.A. from Elon University and earned her Ed.D. in leadership and learning in organizations from Vanderbilt University. She wrote her doctoral research on "Residential Colleges and Their Impact on Students’ Sense of Belonging."
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives; Chief of Staff
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.
Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Alec Guroff joined Knox College in September 2022. Alec earned a B.A. in politics from Princeton University, an M.A. in Russian Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to joining Knox, he provided finance, accounting and consulting services to non-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. Previously, Alec has served as an investment principal in a U.S.-based private equity firm operating in the former Soviet Union, president and CFO of an international non-profit organization working with major museums, and overseen business development efforts in the former Soviet Union. Currently, Alec is also treasurer and head of the finance committee at the Synetic Theater and a member of the finance committee at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land.
Vice President for Advancement
Monica Keith has served as the Vice President for Advancement at Knox College since February 2022. Monica earned her B.A. in economics and M.B.A. in marketing from the University of Albany in Albany, New York. She comes to Knox with more than 20 years of higher education experience and a deep knowledge of advancement fundraising operations, including but not limited to campaign planning, prospect development, and alumni engagement. Read more about Vice President for Advancement, Monica Keith.
Vice President for Administration and General Counsel
Bradley Nolden joined Knox College in September 2022. Bradley earned a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law. Prior to transitioning to this role, he practiced municipal law for a number of clients and served as the administrative services director for the City of Galesburg.
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.
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.