Friday, January 27, 2012

Saint Xavier University Appoints Executive Director of External and Legislative Affairs

Saint Xavier University (SXU) announces the recent appointment of Joan Elizabeth Knox as the executive director of external and legislative affairs effective Monday, January 23, 2012.

Knox was selected after an extensive search, and brings to the position over 15 years of experience in fundraising and legislative initiatives. She will direct, manage and enhance strategic partnerships with the corporate partners who support SXU through student internships, job placement opportunities, and sponsorship of SXU events. Knox will also serve as the liaison to all elected officials involved with Saint Xavier in Chicago as well as surrounding suburban municipalities that include Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Orland Park and Tinley Park. She will report to the Vice President for University Relations Robert Tenczar.

“Knox has a proven track record of establishing key partnerships with local and state legislators through her years of experience in fundraising and as alderman in Palos Hills for over 11 years,” said Robert Tenczar.

Knox, a native of Beverly, began her career in fundraising by launching Friends of the Palos Hills Parks (Friends). As founder and president of Friends, Knox lobbied to receive a $350,000 grant benefiting the city of Palos Hills. She also collaborated with city officials and citizens to plan and construct eight new parks in the area. Additionally, Knox serves on the board of the District 230 School Board Committee of Education where she assists in determining and implementing necessary changes and additions required by state law or changes necessary due to internal evaluations of current services and processes.

“As an alumna of this school, it’s an honor to accept this new role at SXU, said Knox. “I’m very excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to utilizing my years of experience in this new position.”

Knox received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Xavier University.


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