The summer of 2015 signaled in many ways that North Central College is an institution on the move. The campus community is embracing change and progress as we move toward a Brilliant Future for the Institution and the students it prepares for success in life.
We are moving forward on the construction of the premier all-inclusive Science Center in the entire region. This required dozens of faculty to relocate offices to Peter and Paul Hall and 224 E. Chicago House. Offices for Campus Safety and Residence Life were moved to Rall House temporarily and then again to our New Hall in early September.
Aside from these physical moves, North Central College is moving forward on several other fronts. The College’s new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Abiodun Goke-Pariola, who goes by “G-P,” has a vision for leading our faculty and academic programs into a new era. We also welcomed the largest first-year class ever—more than 600 members of the Class of 2019—and 14 new tenure-track faculty. New coaches are on staff to lead our 25 athletic teams, making North Central’s athletic program the most robust in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. And nearly 200 upperclass students were anticipating their move into New Hall and the joys of new furniture and other modern amenities of suite-style life.
Over the summer months, our students, faculty and staff were on the move internationally as they traveled and researched across the globe. A group of students and professor Robert Moussetis were in Greece to experience the height of the financial crisis and to witness firsthand the economic challenges facing that country’s citizens and politicians. Another group organized by the Office of Ministry and Service traveled to Jordan, Israel and Palestine to learn about the culture of the Middle East. Other students traveled on their own—some with Richter Grants provided by North Central—to enrich their studies.
As G-P states in his interview, the quality of our faculty and programs far exceeds institutions with a higher profile than North Central College. As we move forward on the Brilliant Future Campaign—to support upgraded facilities and adding endowed faculty chairs, scholarships and programs—I truly believe that North Central will emerge as one of the nation’s finest comprehensive liberal arts institutions.