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C. Andrew McGadney

C. Andrew McGadney


C. Andrew McGadney is the 20th President of Knox College. Read more about President McGadney.

MarQuita Barker

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."

Heather Bumps, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Heather Bumps

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.

Tianna Cervantez

Associate Dean/Director of Intercultural Life

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.

Monica Keith

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. 

Robert Kenny

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.

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Michael A. Schneider

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.

Paul Steenis

Paul Steenis

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.

Lisa Van Riper

Vice President for Communications and ITS

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.

Paul Steenis

Peggy Ware

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.

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Printed on Wednesday, June 29, 2022