Knox College President to Deliver CSC Commencement Address
Knox College President Roger L. Taylor will be the speaker for the 43rd Carl Sandburg College Commencement on Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Galesburg High School.
Taylor was named president of Knox College in February 2002, following six months as interim president. He was formally installed as president on October 11, 2002. He previously served as chair of the college’s Board of Trustees from 1999-2001.
A native of Fulton County, Taylor is a 1959 graduate of Cuba High School. He received his bachelor's degree in English from Knox College in 1963. He served in the U.S. Navy for three and one-half years, including a year in Vietnam, before entering law school in 1968. Taylor graduated with honors from Northwestern University School of Law in 1971 and served as an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.
Taylor is an experienced trial lawyer specializing in commercial litigation. He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA Section of Litigation. He has been published in the Journal of the ABA Section of Litigation and the San Diego Law Review.
Taylor retired in 1999 from the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where he practiced for 30 years and remains of counsel. He was a partner in the firm, which has over 1,200 attorneys in offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles and London.
Taylor has set three goals for his tenure as Knox’s president: “Nurturing academic excellence – Strengthening institutional self-confidence – Charting a course toward financial impregnability.”
Taylor is married to Anne Zweifel Taylor, a 1963 alumna and Knox College’s Pro Bono Counsel.