Money Talk

Episode 16

Roger Taylor

Interesting People’s Ed Sutkowski interviews Roger Taylor, President of Knox College.

Roger, an alumnus and the 18th President of Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, retired in 2002 as a litigation partner in Kirkland & Ellis – a law firm rated as #1 of the top ten most profitable law firms in the world. Among Roger’s clients were McDonald’s Corporation, Morgan Stanley and Dow Chemical. As President of Knox College, his compensation during his first year was $1.00.

Roger, one of six children, grew up in Ellisville, Spoon River country, and graduated from Cuba High School in 1959. He and his wife, Anne – also a former lawyer – met at Knox College during a freshman mixer. Roger served in the United States Navy, including one year in Vietnam and graduated from Northwestern Law School, having served as editor of its Law Review.

Roger details his Knox College “grand plan”: one designed to nurture academic excellence, entrance institutional self-confidence and secure financial impregnability. Roger details his personal grand plan, just what a “college education” buys and offers insights into the soul of one who relinquished quantitative fame and fortune in favor of a qualitative life!

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