Office of the President
Teresa L. Amott, 19th President of Knox College
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Prior to assuming her post at Knox College in 2011, President Amott spent six years as provost and dean of the faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) in Geneva, New York. Before joining HWS, she was vice provost at Gettysburg College and held academic appointments at Bucknell University, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts-Boston and Amherst, and Wellesley College. Educated in economics, she holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and a B.A. from Smith College. President Amott's research has focused on the labor market experiences of women and people of color.
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 Student Development
Anne Ehrlich joined Knox in 2016 after spending nine years as the dean of students at Woodbury University. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from University of California, San Diego, a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in educational leadership from University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her work at Woodbury University, Dr. Ehrlich held positions in residential life and student life at Whittier College and the University of Michigan.
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.