This 2015 Annual Report reflects the outstanding accomplishments of North Central College in the last fiscal year. We achieved our 44th consecutive balanced budget, welcomed an impressive group of new faculty and kept our enrollment strong and steady. The highlights of the year were launching the historic $150 million Brilliant Future Campaign and breaking ground on a phenomenal interdisciplinary Science Center. In addition, the building of a modern residence hall was a critical step in the process of right-sizing our academic facilities and making room for the Science Center.
At a time when many other institutions of higher education struggled financially, we continued to move forward through careful planning and hard work. Our first-year class was 599 strong and more racially diverse than ever (25 percent). And I’m proud to report our first- to second-year persistence rate reached 80 percent, up from 78 percent the previous year.
After 20 years of insightful service as our chief academic officer, Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian bid us a fond farewell and the College welcomed Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. G-P kicked off this academic year by introducing to campus a large group of new faculty with extraordinary credentials, including 14 tenure-track faculty, three full-time visiting professors, nine half-time faculty and a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence.
President Troy D. Hammond
North Central continued to garner recognition from nationally and globally respected programs last year. The College’s radio station and international programs earned prestigious national awards. We are a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, including a faculty scholar, Dr. Perry Hamalis, who earned a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship. Our math and science students have again obtained prestigious research opportunities and scholarship recognition from the Goldwater program.
My deepest gratitude goes out to all of you—alumni and friends, faculty and students, staff and trustees—who’ve made these great achievements possible. I hope you share my excitement about the future. As a College on the move, we will continue building on these successes as we seek out new opportunities. We have much to celebrate about the past year … and much to look forward to in a Brilliant Future.
Dr. Troy D. Hammond President Professor of Physics
Message from the Chair
I’m delighted to report that this has been another stellar year for North Central College. We achieved tremendous successes throughout every area of the institution, and our financial health remains strong despite a competitive marketplace and challenging demographics in our region.
The year was especially exciting as we launched the $150 million Brilliant Future Campaign. One of my favorite moments took place in May, when we gathered to break ground on the Campaign’s centerpiece—a Science Center that will transform the North Central academic experience for generations of students.
On behalf of the entire College community, I’d like to thank trustees Holly Humphrey ’79, M.D., and Jeffrey Swallow ’94, Ph.D., who have taken the helm of the Campaign as its cochairs. Like countless other alumni throughout the country, Holly and Jeff have demonstrated tremendous dedication to their alma mater. I know we are all grateful for their hard work.
In fact, I’ve been profoundly impressed by the entire Board’s commitment to moving North Central forward thoughtfully and strategically. As a trustee, I found this year’s work particularly invigorating as we immersed ourselves in a number of projects that will affect the College for years to come.
I’m honored to be part of this great community of alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and, of course, my fellow trustees. Working together, there’s nothing we can’t do.