Blackburn College Leadership

A private, liberal arts institution, Blackburn College is governed by a process of shared governance, including staff, faculty, and students, in collaboration with a cohesive team of senior academic and administrative leaders, the President, and the Board of Trustees. Together, Blackburn’s leadership provides strategic direction for the institution in fulfilling its mission and preparing students to reach their full potential.


In February 2023, the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Gregory J. Meyer (D.Min) the 19th President of Blackburn College.

President’s Cabinet

The president’s cabinet is composed of senior administrators who report directly to the president. They include:

Sarah Koplinski
Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Justin Norwood
Interim Vice President for Inclusive Enrollment

Margaret Lawler
Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator

Sarah Mouch
Vice President for Administration & Finance

Karla McCain

Shawna Poe
Executive Assistant to the President & Board of Trustees

Mike Neal
Interim Director of Athletics & Recreation

Al Sturgeon
Vice President for Diverse and Equitable Student Life; Dean of Students

Jody Sturgeon
Dean of Work

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is entrusted with final responsibility for the quality and integrity of the education provided by the institution.


Chair: Rochelle Henderson
Vice-Chair: Paul Tepikian
Secretary: Kenneth Deihl


Dan Anderson* (2018)
Retired, Arizona Board of Regents, Tempe, AZ

Lisa Black-Gomez*, Ed.D. (2019)
Retired Educator, Winfield, IL

Kenneth R. Deihl*, J.D. (2004)
Circuit Judge, 7th Judicial Court, Carlinville, IL

David Dorris* (2018)
Attorney, LeRoy, IL

James Faust*, B.A., M.S. (2017)
Retired, Golf, IL

Fran A. Goodman*, B.A. (2012)
Realtor, Goodman Agency, Carlinville, IL

Jennifer Hamilton*, M.S. Ed. (2005/2016)
Retired Educator, Carlinville, IL

Thomas P. Heinz*, B.A., M.F.A. (2019)
Owner, Thomas P. Heinz Design, Hinsdale, IL

Rochelle Henderson*, Ph.D. (2018)
Vice President, Health Services Research, Edwardsville, IL

Cynthia LaMar*, B.A. (1997)
Retired Co-owner and President of Cynmar Corporation, Carlinville, IL

Cress L. Maddox (2000)
President, Masco Packaging and Industrial Supply, Springfield, IL

George E. Malo*, B.A., Ph.D. (2012)
Retired, Associate Vice Chancellor, Tennessee Board of Regents, Brentwood, TN

Stanley Pillman, B.S., J.D. (2010)
Co-founder of Logan Ventures, LLC, Chicago, IL

George Preckwinkle, J.D. (2016)
President of Bishop Hardware & Supply, Springfield, IL

Sarah Robison*, B.A. (2017)
Marketing Communication Lead, Watchfire Signs, State Line, IN

James D. Sandfort, M.B.A.(2004)
Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor at Rockefeller Capital Management, Dallas, TX

Jennifer Shelby, B.A. (2010)
Owner, Solomon Ventures LLC, Champaign, IL

Paul Tepikian*, B.A. (2015)
Independent Contractor, Retired Exxon Mobile, Houston, TX

Madonna Reed Tideman*, B.A. (2012)
Owner, The Tideman Company, Northfield, IL

*indicates Blackburn Graduates