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Office of Communications
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
We are a team of award-winning professionals and student employees with marketing and communications experience both in higher education and beyond. We love Knox, we love what we do, and we like to have fun, too!
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.
My main work involves writing articles about the cool people at Knox and the things they do, along with managing several of the College's social media accounts -- primarily Facebook and Twitter. One of the best parts of my job is collaborating with our office's student workers who write articles and social media posts. The articles we write appear on various Knox outlets, including the website and Knox Magazine.
Before joining Knox in 2010, I worked as a journalist for many years and spent much of that time covering Illinois state government for a chain of daily newspapers.
Web Content Specialist
After being with Knox College for one year, my role transferred from communications coordinator to web content specialist. Among other duties, I train and assist College web authors and publish content for the Knox website. Knox College has always been part of my background due to the many years my mother has worked here, and I am very excited to be part of such a wonderful team. I have a passion for reading, editing, and correcting my husband's grammar. I grew up in Galesburg, and live here with my husband, five children, and two dogs.
Director of Creative Services
As a member of the communications team, I design and manage the production of print communications for a variety of audiences to advance the messages and brand identity of the College. Since joining the Knox staff in 1997, I have worked on many interesting projects-the most memorable being a fireproof diploma for honorary degree recipient Stephen Colbert in 2006. I'm a lifelong local resident, having grown up on the dairy farm across from Green Oaks, Knox's 700-acre biological field station in rural Knox County.
I have close to 25 years of experience as a graphic designer, working at Knox since 2000. I like the variety of projects that working at a college offers. I mean, who wouldn't love starting their day designing a magazine layout and ending it by helping piece together a new display for the athletic building?! Even though I'm a creative type, I'm a computer geek at heart and find it very rewarding when I can figure out solutions to technical problems with software and layouts. (I do have to admit that Google is my best friend.)
I consider myself lucky that I get to work with a group of such fun and creative people.
Video Content Creator and Storyteller
I started my position at Knox in September of 2021. My focus is to create engaging, high production video content for the College. Being able to tell the stories of various faculty, staff, alumni, and current students is a highlight of this position for me. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts. I am fortunate to have a career in two areas I love—video production and higher education.
Director of Web Initiatives
James has been with Knox College since 2007 and currently leads the strategy, development, and implementation of digital materials for the Office of Communications.
Visual Media Specialist
I joined Knox College in June 2021. Being part of the communications staff, I get the unique role of telling the story through the lens and putting a face on the College. I graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with an emphasis in photojournalism and a master’s degree in communications. After graduation, I worked at my alma mater, then I went to Northern Iowa to be the university photographer for a new challenge and to grow as a photographer. My professional career has been devoted to higher education. I am so excited to shoot a variety of images and help tell the unique story of Knox College. I love being able to share and shape the culture of the College through photography.