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, Inc. 
Rockford, Ill.

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



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

R. Ray Wood '10H
Treasurer of the Board
Rockford, Ill.


Active Trustees


Charles Box
The Box Group, LLC
Rockford, Ill.

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

Charles L. Colman ’06H
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 and CEO
KOE Americas, Inc.
Lawrenceville, Ga.

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

Nathan Howard '97
William Charles, Ltd.
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
Chicago Metro Complex
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
Chicago, Ill.


Donald Patrick '72
Sanford Rose Associates
Johns Creek, Ga.
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.
Frank E. Walter
Executive Vice President
Heartland Financial, Inc.
Rockford, Ill.

James S. Whitehead '04H
Senior Counsel
Sidley, Austin, Brown and Wood
Chicago, Ill.
Jonathan S. Whitlock
Private Investor & Director
Rockford, Ill.

Deborah Mogford
Faculty Trustee
Chair, Department of Performing Arts
Professor of Acting and Directing
Rockford University
Rockford, Ill.

Fred Young '65
President and CEO
Forest City Gear Company
Roscoe, Ill.



Carl J. Dargene Georganne H. Eggers '49 Charles P.A. Frankenthal
Kenelm A. Groff Charles J. Howard Teresa J. Ingrassia '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