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Take your career to the next level.

It’s that moment when you know you want more. You’ve worked hard to get to where you are, but you’re ready for the next step. At Rockford University, we’re educating students to prepare for careers of today and tomorrow–and we’ve been doing so since 1847. Our quality and distinctive programming has created a strong legacy of talented alumni who are leading and shaping the communities in which they live.

From the meeting rooms of businesses around the world to the classrooms in high schools across the nation, our alumni are using the knowledge, values, and skills they learned to impact their lives and our world. Join them today.

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Looking to return to college? Our Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS) degree program is designed to provide a quality educational experience for adult learners in an accelerated format. Learn more!

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Our graduate programs in business and in education offer a sound academic tradition which can be tailored to suit individual needs. Small classes and a professional, experienced, and dedicated faculty provide our graduate students with a quality learning experience.


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Meet The Staff

10/12/2017 4:20 pm

Meet Our Staff

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Scott MitchellScott Mitchell
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life
M.S.W., University of North Dakota
B.A., Wartburg College
Phone:  815-226-4026
Fax:  815-394-3730
E-mail:  residencelife@rockford.edu

Scott Mitchell is the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life and joined the Rockford University staff in September 2016.  Scott is originally from Nevada, Iowa and received a Bachelor of Arts in social work with a minor in psychology from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA).  He holds a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in health from the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND).  Scott is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University (Lisle, IL).  

Scott brings over twenty years of professional experience in residence life and college student affairs to Rockford University.  Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree, he began his professional career in residence life serving as a hall director and residence life coordinator at multiple institutions:  North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, and the University of Northern Iowa.  Scott went on to serve as an Assistant Director of Education and Development at Missouri State University and most recently as the Director of Campus Student Affairs at Ashford University (Clinton, IA).  These positions also allowed the opportunity to gain experience in academic advising, as well as an instructor of Liberal Arts courses focusing on resident assistants and student development.

Scott is a member of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I); American College Personnel Association (ACPA); Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA); Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO); and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). 


John Nicholson
Residence Hall Director – Small Houses Complex
M.S.E., Fort Hays State University
B.S. Truman State University
Phone: 815-394-5028
Fax: 815-394-3730
Email: Jnicholson@rockford.edu

John Nicholson is the Residence Hall Director for the small houses, he joined the Rockford University staff in June of 2017. John is originally from Glenview, Illinois and received a Bachelor of Science in justice systems and a minor in economics from Truman State University (Kirksville, MO). He also holds a Master of Science in Education from Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS).

As a new professional John is actively engaged in multiple associations including Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention (NODA). John is a new member in Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO).


Molly HutchcroftMolly Hutchcroft
Residence Hall Director – Cummings Complex and Olson Hall
M.S.W., University of Denver
B.A. Psychology, DePaul University
Phone: 815-226-4094
Fax: 815-394-3730
Email: mhutchcroft@rockford.edu

Molly Hutchcroft is the Residence Hall Director for Cummings Complex and Olson Hall. She joined the Rockford University staff in August 2017 after graduating with her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration on mental health, from the University of Denver. Prior to living in Denver, CO, Molly lived in Chicago for four years while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at DePaul University. She is originally from Hiawatha, IA.

Working with many different populations over the past six years, Molly brings a new perspective to Rockford University. Molly began working with college students when she was at DePaul University by being a Resident Advisor and being on the executive board for Residence Hall Council. When she graduated and moved to Denver, she began working with children 5-17 years of age with behavioral and mental health concerns in a residential setting providing crisis response. She also worked with college students who had experienced interpersonal violence, brought in discussions about interpersonal violence into the classrooms, and assisted with many other events to bring awareness about interpersonal violence to the college environment. Molly has also worked with adults struggling with substance use and mental health. Molly is a recent member of the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) and hopes to become a member of other Student Affairs organizations.

Resident Assistants

Barnes Hall


Academic Year: Junior 
Major: Anthropology & Sociology-Criminal Justice
Hometown: Rockford, IL


Caster Hall


Academic year: Senior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Dubuque, IA


Dayton Hall


Academic Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Rockford, IL


Ekvall Hall


Academic Year: Junior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Harvard, IL


Emerson Hall


Academic Year: Senior
Major: 2-D Fine Art
Hometown: Davis, IL


Lathrop Hall


Academic Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Shreveport, LA


Olson Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Pre-Med
Hometown: Pecatonica, IL


McPhail Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Pre-vet
Hometown: Santa Fe, NM


Svenson Hall


Academic Year: Junior
Major: Business Administration-Finance
Hometown: Westerstede, Niedersachen (Germany)


Talcott Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: History
Hometown: Rockford, IL


Residence Life
Kent Center--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-3730
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Rock Solid Regent JhasmynJhasmyn O’Connor is our ROCK SOLID REGENT for the month of October! Jhasmyn is a junior double majoring in biochemistry and human development with a concentration in child and adolescent development. She was nominated by Dr. Gidget Tay and Dr. Bill Doria. Jhasmyn is known as a well-prepared and enthusiastic student. Her professors believe she is a great role model for younger students to emulate: involved in the community (both on and off campus), engaged in class, and a well-rounded, kind human-being.

Jhasmyn is involved in many aspects of the Rockford University Community. Jhasmyn is president of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate (a club that she helped found), a member of Alpha Helix, and a member the Math Club. She works at Student Administrative Services, is an IT lab assistant, and does organic synthetic chemistry research on campus. Her other responsibilities include being a Campus Liaison to assist first-year students as well as an Advancement Ambassador. Jhasmyn’s plans after graduation are to attend a Graduate/Medical school to obtain her MD and PhD in Biochemistry. She truly is a Rock Solid Regent. Congratulations Jhasmyn!

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