This annual report records the remarkable achievements of the past fiscal year, 2015-2016. In addition to maintaining a balanced budget for our 45th consecutive year, North Central College has remained strong in every significant area. I hope you share my immense pride in these accomplishments, which are possible only with the support of our entire community, both on and off campus.
Our $150 million Brilliant Future Campaign is moving forward in dramatic fashion, thanks to countless donors who have demonstrated their dedication to the College and its students. I’m profoundly grateful to all of you. It’s been exciting to watch the Science Center take shape, and I look forward to seeing you at its grand opening in fall 2017. But remember: We’re far from done! The Campaign is still gathering momentum, and a series of renovation projects—including significant improvements to Goldspohn Hall and Kroehler Science Center—will further transform the campus in the coming year.
Over the past year, we’ve expanded and reorganized several key leadership teams on campus. Following Paul Loscheider’s retirement as vice president of business affairs after 38 years of service, we welcomed Maryellen Skerik as our new vice president for finance. Michael Hudson, vice president for operations, and Matthew Burden, CIO and vice president for information and technology, also became valuable new members of the President’s Cabinet.
Just a year ago, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Abiódú Gòkè-Pariolá outlined his bold, forward-thinking plan to restructure our academic enterprise. Thanks to his vision and commitment—and that of our elected faculty leadership—three academic deans now head the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Entrepreneurship and the School of Education and Health Sciences. They join Pamela Monaco, dean of graduate and professional studies.
North Central College 2016-17 Cabinet
We’ve thoughtfully pursued all these changes with one goal in mind: To continue providing our students with the best possible education and impactful experiences. So it was especially gratifying to enroll our second-largest group of first-year students ever this fall—an impressive feat at a time when so many other colleges are struggling to fill their classrooms. But we will continue to work on key initiatives to further strengthen our enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate programs, a necessity for success in the years ahead.
I’m profoundly grateful to the entire North Central family for another great year. Without the support of our alumni and friends, faculty and students, staff and trustees, we would not be able to offer students such a powerful North Central experience. I look forward to partnering with you in the new year as we continue to build a brilliant future.
Dr. Troy D. Hammond Professor of Physics President, North Central College
Message from the Chair
This has been another banner year for North Central College. Our students and faculty continue to show remarkable commitment to rigorous academic pursuits, respectful discourse and creative thinking. Once again we’ve maintained a balanced budget while keeping enrollment figures strong—at a time when many of our peer institutions have struggled with both and the State of Illinois budget creates uncertainties for higher education.
The ambitious Brilliant Future Campaign has gathered remarkable momentum, powered by the unflagging support of generous donors. The new Science Center has been taking shape at an amazing pace. Please be sure to join us in the coming months to celebrate the opening of this world-class facility!
All the achievements of the past year are a testament to the exceptional people who make up the North Central family. I thank all of you alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students and my fellow trustees—for your loyal dedication to this great institution and its students. I’m honored to partner with you as we build our College’s brilliant future.