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Office of the President

Welcome and thank you for visiting our Web site. As the first university in Illinois, McKendree has a rich history and a very promising future. We are committed to excellence in all things we do and you will see this commitment reflected as you learn more about our people, programs and services. As a private, independent university we are committed to providing a personalized education that allows students to reach their full potential.

McKendree is recognized nationally as one of America’s finest universities. We offer a level of high quality undergraduate and graduate courses taught by exceptional faculty. We provide an educational experience that integrates the values of the traditional liberal arts with the skills needed in preparing for a career or graduate studies.

Our students find McKendree to be a place that is academically rigorous, socially stimulating and where graduates earn a highly respected degree and go on to achieve exceptional success. We are very proud to note that 95% of our graduates are in graduate school or fully employed within six months of their graduation.

Recent university accolades include having the Illinois faculty member of the year, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship winner, being recognized as a national “College of Distinction,” saluted for being a university in the top 10% nationally, honored for having superior debate and athletic teams and respected for our outstanding music programs. One national publication describes McKendree as being “one of higher education’s greatest success stories of the last decade.”

I hope you enjoy your visit with us and encourage you to seek more information about this special place.


James M. Dennis
James M. Dennis

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Telephone: (618) 537-6936

Meet the Staff

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James M. Dennis, Ph.D.

Wildy Hall, 2nd Floor


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Joseph Cipfl, Ph.D.

Advisor to the President
Dean of the Graduate School
Wildy Hall, Room 200
(618) 537-6462



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Patti Daniels

Assistant to the President
Wildy Hall, 2nd Floor
(618) 537-6949



Photo of Victoria Dowling

Victoria Dowling

Senior Vice President
Wildy Hall, 3rd Floor
(618) 537-2154


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George Manning

Assistant to the President
Wildy Hall, 2nd Floor
(618) 537-6936


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Lori A. Kuper

Administrative Assistant to the Senior Vice President
Wildy Hall, 3rd Floor
(618) 537-2153