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.



Elizabeth Donovan
Chair of the Board
Retired – Director, Global Marketing Operations & Loyalty, Marketing, Sales & Service
Ford Motor Company
Grosse Pointe, Park, Mich.
Barbara R. Tanaglia ’73
Vice Chair of the Board
Retired, Manager, Information Center
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Rockford, Ill.
Jeffry Potter ’98
Treasurer of the Board
CFO & Treasurer
William Charles, LTD
Rockford, Ill.
L. Thomas Heiser ’84
Secretary of the Board
President & CEO
Ridgetop Group, Inc.
Lawrenceville, Ga.

Active Trustees


Greg Allen ’98
President & Vice Chairman
Rockford, Ill.

Charles Box, J.D.
Rockford, Ill.

Rebecca Epperson
Chartwell Agency
Rockford, Ill.

Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D.
President, ex officio
Rockford University
Rockford, Ill.


William Gahan, Ph.D.
Faculty Trustee
Chair, English Department
Associate Professor of English
Rockford University
Rockford, Ill.

Dawn R. Hallsten, J.D., ’73
Rockford, Ill.



Elizabeth Hegel, J.D., ’81
Hegel Holdings, LLC
Roscoe, Ill.
Helen C. Hill ’70
Helen Hill Communications
Rockford, Ill.
Iain D. Johnston, J.D., ’87
US Magistrate Judge
Northern Illinois District
Rockford, Ill.
James W. Keeling , J.D.
Hinshaw & Culberston
Rockford, Ill.
Joel Moore ’00
Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
Chicago, Ill.
Thomas A. Muldowney ’74
Managing Director, Chairman, Savant Capital, LLC
Rockford, Ill.
Bettyann Pappenfus ’81
Alumni Trustee
Consultant/Senior Network Analyst
Haigh, Todd & Associates
St. Paul, Minn.
Sunil Puri ’82/’13 L.H.D.
First Midwest Group
Rockford, Ill.
Michael Schablaske ’87
Rockford, Ill.
Marci K. Taets ’92
Rock County Human Services
South Beloit, Ill.
Patricia Tumilowicz, ’87
Rockford, Ill.
Frank E. Walter
Executive Vice President 
Heartland Financial, Inc.
Rockford, Ill.
Jonathan S. Whitlock
Private Investor & Director
Rockford, Ill.
Fred Young ’65
Forest City Gear Company
Roscoe, Ill.
Janet Zelenka ’80
Senior Vice President
and Chief Information Officer
Deerfield, Ill.
Tracy Wang
Student Trustee


Emeriti Trustees

Charles L. Colman ’06 L.H.D. Georganne H. Eggers ’49
Charles P.A. Frankenthal Kenelm A. Groff Charles J. Howard
Teresa J. Ingrassia MBA ’86/’00 L.H.D. Kent A. Mallquist ’97 L.H.D. Richard M. Schilling, Sr.
Louise Sinclaire ’57 Stanton K. Smith, Jr. Angelo L. Spoto
James S. Whitehead, J.D., ’04 LL.D.  John B. Whitehead ’83 L.H.D.  

President Emeriti

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

William A. Shields, Ph.D., ’01H

Honorary Designations

L.H.D. – Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Laws
H – Honorary Alumni