I’m immensely grateful to be part of the North Central community, which so consistently demonstrates its whole-hearted support for the College and its students. This support has never been clearer than during the dedication ceremony for the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center.
Dr. Wentz’s extraordinary generosity has energized our campus with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. With his naming gift to the Science Center, he has become the most significant benefactor in the history of the College, taking his place among other North Central legends.
At our most recent Board of Trustees meeting, I presented a ceremonial medal to several of the people who made the Wentz Science Center possible. The inscription honoring Dr. Wentz perfectly captures the gratitude of the entire College:
With heartfelt appreciation for your love, devotion and unwavering commitment to your alma mater and its students; admiration for your steadfast belief in North Central College, its mission and its Brilliant Future; reverence for your remarkable life’s work as a scientist, entrepreneur, honorary trustee and beloved alumnus; respect for your dedication to preserving the College’s enduring legacy in the sciences and your inspiration to others; and gratitude for your generous and extraordinary gift, which ensures that the College’s world-class facility, the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, will bear the name of a scientist.
As thankful as I am—as we all are—to Dr. Wentz, he represents just part of the North Central success story. I’m truly grateful to the 12,000 alumni who have “signed the beam” with financial gifts, supporting our efforts to propel North Central College into its Brilliant Future.
I’m grateful to those who continue to stand as devoted members of the North Central family, even though they’re no longer formally affiliated with the College, like former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty R. Dev Pandian. He recently established the Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian Endowed Fellowship in the Arts and Sciences for junior faculty.
I’m grateful to friends who so generously share their gifts with us because they know what it will mean to our students—even though they haven’t attended the College themselves. People like Robert and Bertlyn Johnston, parents of Roger and Nadeane Hruby Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology Steve Johnston. They made a gift to name the Wentz Science Center office where their son spends his time mentoring students.
I’m grateful to them and all of you.
Above all, I’m grateful—and honored—to be a North Central family member myself.
Dr. Troy D. Hammond Professor of Physics President, North Central College
Message from the Chair
Certain events at North Central College have left me with indelible memories: Celebration of the College’s Sesquicentennial. Inauguration of President Troy Hammond. Announcing the Brilliant Future Campaign.
This fall’s dedication of the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center was another great moment in the storied history of this distinguished College. It represented the culmination of the work of countless generous alumni and friends, dedicated faculty and staff and my fellow trustees, who displayed unwavering support throughout the project’s inception and construction.
I owe a special debt of gratitude to the late Roger Hruby Sr. ’58 (H) ’11, who envisioned the impact of this building so many years ago. His foresight and generosity inspired a challenge grant that propelled us forward at a critical moment in the building’s development.
Today the entire campus community is benefitting from the impact of the Wentz Science Center. I thank all of you—alumni, friends, faculty, staff and my fellow trustees—for your dedication to this extraordinary institution. I’m honored to be part of this moment in our history.