Knox College could have new president by June 2011

From the Register-Mail:

Knox College Board of Trustees Chairman Jan Koran said a search committee to find a replacement for retiring President Roger Taylor should be ready to make a recommendation to the board at its retreat in Chicago in the last week of April. She said the committee should be ready to begin its work in May.

“The goal is to have a candidate selected by the latest by June of 2011,” Koran said, “and hopefully on board by the beginning of the term in September 2011. It could be sooner.”

Koran said she believes the idea is to make the transition from Taylor to the new president in such a way as to tie it into the college’s 175th anniversary celebration. The 175th anniversary of the charter being granted to Knox is Feb. 15, 2012. Celebration events will take place during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Taylor is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Anne, who is pro bono counsel for the college. That means she does not charge the college for the work she does. Both Anne and Roger Taylor are 1963 graduates of Knox College.

Just as Koran includes Anne Taylor in speaking about Roger Taylor’s term, Taylor also talks about his wife in that capacity. He said she deserves the credit for helping break down some of the town vs. gown issues between Galesburg and Knox. His wife is on numerous advisory boards in the city and has a tea every Christmas for Galesburg-area alumni.