Office of the President
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Galesburg, IL 61401
C. Andrew McGadney is the 20th President of Knox College. Read more about President McGadney.
Vice President for Student Development
MarQuita earned her B.S. in communications and M.S. in higher education administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She also earned her M.B.A. from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, and earned her Ed.D. in leadership and learning in organizations from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. MarQuita wrote her doctoral research on “Residential Colleges and Their Impact on Students’ Sense of Belonging.” Read more about MarQuita Barker, Vice President for Student Development.
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.
Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer
Bob joined Knox College in December 2021. His interim role includes leading the finance and administrative services departments as they move through their current transitions in leadership, assuring that each department maintains a high level of service to the Knox community and meets all internal and external reporting requirements. Since leaving the Presidency at Goddard College in Vermont, Bob has been affiliated with The Registry, an organization that provides senior academic leaders to academic institutions on an interim basis. Thirty-five years of Bob's professional life was spent as a faculty member, leader, and administrator at St. Michael's College in Vermont. He holds a BA in mathematics, a BS in business administration, and a MBA in business administration from the University of Vermont.
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.
Vice President for Communications
Lisa Van Riper joined Knox College in November 2020. In her role as Vice President of Communications, 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.