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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.

Nathan Ament

Nathan Ament

Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission

Nathan Ament joined Knox College in June 2023. A native of Illinois, Nathan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Augustana College (IL) and a Masters of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Knox, he served as Vice President of Enrollment Management at Loyola University New Orleans. At Knox, Nathan is responsible for the offices of admission, student financial services, and communications.

Read more about Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission Nathan Ament.

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."

Read more about Vice President for Student Development MarQuita Barker.

Heather Bumps, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Heather Bumps

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.

Alec Guroff

Alec Guroff

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.

Read more about Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Alec Guroff.

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. 

Brad Nolden

Brad Nolden

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.

Read more about Vice President for Administration and General Counsel Brad Nolden. 

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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.

Megan Scott

Megan Scott ’96

Vice President for Communications

Megan Scott has spent nearly her entire career supporting the goals and strategies of mission-driven organizations. Over the course of her career, she has served as a member of two senior administrations and worked closely with presidents, vice presidents, and boards to support and promote the transformative power of a liberal arts education. Scott has supported fundraising campaigns and academic initiatives, spearheaded two website redesigns, and oversaw the introduction of new athletics logos and mascots, among other initiatives, and has received several awards for her work. Scott graduated from Knox College magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and holds a certificate in publishing from the University of Denver Publishing Institute.

Read more about Vice President for Communications Megan Scott

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Printed on Sunday, July 14, 2024