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.



James W. Keeling , J.D.
Chairman of the Board
Hinshaw & Culberston
Rockford, Ill.
Barbara R. Tanaglia ’73
Vice Chair 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.

Elizabeth Donovan
Secretary of the Board
Retired – Director, Global Marketing Operations & Loyalty, Marketing, Sales & Service
Ford Motor Company
Grosse Pointe, Park, Mich.

Active Trustees

Charles Box, J.D.
Rockford, Ill.
James H. Clarke, Ph.D., ’67
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tenn.

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

Thomas Gendron MBA ’88
Chairman & CEO
Woodward, Inc.
Fort Collins, Colo.
Dawn R. Hallsten, J.D., ’73
Rockford, Ill.
Elizabeth Hegel, J.D., ’81
Hegel Holdings, LLC
Roscoe, Ill.
L. Thomas Heiser ’84
Heiser Partners
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, J.D., ’87
US Magistrate Judge
Northern Illinois District
Rockford, Ill.
Douglas H. Liedberg ’89, J.D., MBA
Sr. VP, General Counsel & Secretary
Dana Incorporated
Maumee, Ohio
Deborah Mogford
Faculty Trustee
Chair, Department of Performing Arts
Professor of Performing Arts
Rockford University
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
Haigh, Todd & Associates
Consultant/Senior Network Analyst
St. Paul, Minn.

Jeffry Potter ’98
CFO & Treasurer
William Charles, LTD
Rockford, Ill.
Sunil Puri ’82/’13H
First Midwest Group
Rockford, Ill.
David R. Rydell ’63
Bergstrom, Inc.
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 Financial Officer
Deerfield, Ill.
Emily Bellows
Student Trustee


Emeriti Trustees

Charles L. Colman ’06H 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
James S. Whitehead, J.D., ’04H  John B. Whitehead ’83H  

President Emeriti

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

William A. Shields, Ph.D., ’01H