Rockford University

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Rockford University
DECUS Seal of Rockford University.jpg
Motto Decus et Veritas (Honor and Truth)
Type Private undergraduate and graduate liberal arts
Established 1847
President Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D.
Academic staff
72 Full-Time Faculty
Students 1,298
Location Rockford, IL, USA
Campus Suburban, 150 acres
Athletics National Collegiate Athletic Association
Colors Purple and White          
Nickname Regents
Mascot Reggie the Regent

Rockford University is a private American liberal arts college in Rockford, Illinois. It was founded in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary and changed its name to Rockford College in 1892, and to Rockford University in 2013. The university is known as the alma mater of Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams, who was a member of the class of 1881.


Rockford University was founded in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary. It was the sister college of Beloit College, which had been founded the year before. The seminary's initial campus was on the east side of the Rock River, south of downtown Rockford. In 1890, the seminary's trustees voted to offer a full college curriculum, which led to the name changing to Rockford College in 1892. Men were first granted admission to the university at the beginning of the 1955-56 school year. At about this time, the school requested that the City of Rockford close parts of a street adjoining the campus.

In January 2008, Dr. Robert L. Head was named the university's seventeenth president, effective July 2008. On October 2, 2012, the board of trustees voted unanimously to take on university status. This was done to accurately reflect the fact that they have many different academic departments. On July 1, 2013, the institution officially became Rockford University.[1] In February 2016, Dr. Eric W. Fulcomer was named the university's eighteenth president, effective July 2016.


The University offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Rockford University is consistently recognized by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College, a US News & World Report Best in the Midwest Tier One University, is named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and designated a Military Friendly School®. Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,280 full-and part-time students.

The University is organized into three colleges:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Science, Math, and Nursing
  • Social Sciences, Commerce and Education

The University offers an Honors Program in Liberal Arts & Sciences. Also housed within the University are the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and the Center for Learning Strategies.


Honor societies[edit]


The Rockford University Regents are Division III members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Teams compete independently or as members of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.,

The university fields men's teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field, and women's teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Their football team is the only team in college football since 2000 to score 100 points in a single game, beating Trinity Bible, 105-0 in 2003.

Recreational and intramural club sports (including basketball and dodgeball) are also available on campus.

Board of Trustees[edit]

The Trustees set general policy for the university. James Keeling: Chair of the Board.

Current Trustees are:

  • Charles E. Box
  • James H. Clarke
  • Charles L. Colman
  • Elizabeth Donovan
  • Thomas A. Gendron
  • Dawn Hallsten
  • Robert L. Head (also serves as Rockford University President)
  • Elizabeth Hegel
  • L. Thomas Heiser
  • Helen Hill
  • Nathan Howard
  • Dennis Johnson
  • Iain Johnston
  • Joel J. Moore
  • Donald Patrick
  • Sunil Puri
  • David R. Rydell
  • Marci Jumisko Taets
  • Barbara Tanaglia
  • Jane Roscoe Thomas
  • Frank E. Walter
  • James S. Whitehead
  • R. Ray Wood
  • Fred Young

Commencement speakers[edit]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Weaks-Baxter, Mary, et al. We Are a College at War: Women Working for Victory in World War II (Southern Illinois University Press; 2010) 237 studies the mobilization of students in support of the war effort.


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Coordinates: 42°16′02″N 89°01′05″W / 42.26734°N 89.01810°W / 42.26734; -89.01810