Paul Steenis ’85
Photo by Steve Davis

Paul Steenis ’85 has been named the director of gift planning at Knox. After graduating, Steenis began working as an admission counselor. He served as the chief admission officer for more than 30 years, most recently as vice president for enrollment and dean of admission, where he oversaw admission, student financial services, and international student services.

“I like to say that I’ve been at Knox since my parents dropped me off as a first-year student—and I’m still waiting for them to return with the station wagon to pick me up!” joked Steenis. “I’ve remained here all these years because Knox is a truly special place, driven by values of inclusivity, openness, mutual respect, intellectual rigor, and a genuine sense of community. At Knox, people of diverse backgrounds can come together and have tough conversations about really important and often difficult topics. This is an amazing place where we all learn and grow—together.”

In his new role, Steenis provides leadership for the gift planning program, building long-term philanthropic support for the College. He manages legacy giving fundraising with donors and prospects; oversees the creation of communications, gift planning resources, and tools to assist donors; and maintains the planned giving donor stewardship program.

“I’m so excited about working with alumni and friends to make a difference and shape the future of our College—to help them as they consider ways to leave a long-term legacy through their estate plans and beneficiary designations,” Steenis said.

“Paul is a wonderful addition to our advancement team—his deep institutional knowledge, extensive relationships, and dedication to Knox are truly assets,” said Monica Keith, vice president for advancement. “We are delighted to welcome Paul into this role at Knox, and to enhance our advancement efforts on behalf of the College.”