Board of Trustees

These dedicated men and women are responsible for setting the general policy of the University and for ensuring that its educational mission is fulfilled. The Board of Trustees of Rockford University is a diversified yet cohesive group. It is composed of business and professional people; community leaders and activists; alumni and non-alumni; and local, regional, and national representatives - all united in their common commitment to Rockford University and to its mission of quality higher education.


Thomas A.
Muldowney '74 

Chair of the Board
Managing Director, Chairman
Savant Capital Management, LLC 
Rockford, Ill.

James W. Keeling
Vice Chair of the Board
Hinshaw & Culbertson
Rockford, Ill.



Barbara R. Tanaglia '73
Secretary of the Board
Retired, Manager, Information Center
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Rockford, Ill.

R. Ray Wood '10H
Treasurer of the Board
Retired, Chairman, Pres. & CEO Rockford Products Corp.
Rockford, Ill.


Active Trustees


Charles Box
Rockford, Ill.

James H. Clarke, Ph.D., '67
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tenn.

Charles L. Colman ’06H
Chairman of the Board
Retired, President
The Colman Group
Elkhorn, Wis.


Elizabeth Donovan
Global Operations Manager
Ford Motor Company
Grosse Point Park, Mich.

Thomas Gendron MBA '88
Chairman & CEO
Woodward, Inc.
Fort Collins, Colo.

Dawn R. Hallsten '73
Rockford, Ill.
Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Rockford University
Rockford, Ill.

Elizabeth Hegel '81
Hegel Holdings, LLC
Roscoe, Ill.
L. Thomas Heiser '83
President & CEO
KOE Americas, Inc.
Lawrenceville, Ga.

Helen C. Hill '70
Helen Hill Communications
Rockford, Ill.

Dennis W. Johnson
Retired, President
h.c. Johnson Press
Rockford, Ill.

Iain D. Johnston '87
US Magistrate Judge
Northern Illinois District
Rockford, Ill.

Joel Moore '00
Alumni Trustee
Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
Chicago, Ill.

Donald Patrick '72
Sanford Rose Associates
Johns Creek, Ga.


Mr. Jeffry Potter '98
CFO & Treasurer
William Charles, LTD
Rockford, Ill.

Sunil Puri '82
First Midwest Group
Rockford, Ill.
David R. Rydell '63
Bergstrom, Inc.
Rockford, Ill.
Marci K. Taets '92
Rock County Human Services
South Beloit, Ill.

Jane R. Thomas, Ph.D., '56
Retired Professor
Wayne State University
Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.
Patricia Tumilowicz, '87
Rockford, Ill.
Frank E. Walter
Executive Vice President
Heartland Financial, Inc.
Rockford, Ill.
James S. Whitehead '04H
Senior Counsel
Sidley Austin, LLP
Chicago, Ill.
Jonathan S. Whitlock
Private Investor & Director
Rockford, Ill.
Deborah Mogford
Faculty Trustee 
Chair, Department of Performing Arts
Professor of Performing Arts
Rockford University
Rockford, Ill.
Fred Young '65
Forest City Gear Company
Roscoe, Ill.





Georganne H. Eggers '49 Charles P.A. Frankenthal Kenelm A. Groff
Charles J. Howard Teresa J. Ingrassia  MBA '86/'00H  Kent A. Mallquist '97H
Richard M. Schilling, Sr. Louise Sinclaire '57 Stanton K. Smith, Jr.
Angelo L. Spoto Stuart M. Weller  John B. Whitehead '83H