James A. McDermet M ’92 has been named chair of North Central College’s Board of Trustees.
“As a proud alumnus and trustee over the past 10 years, I feel privileged to take over as chair of the North Central College Board of Trustees at such a pivotal time. I’m confident that the educational experience at North Central College is comparable to any of the finest liberal arts and sciences institutions in the country,” said McDermet.
McDermet is the College’s 27th board chair. He most recently served as vice chair of the board’s academic affairs committee and previously as a member of the business affairs and audit committees. In 2017, he retired as senior vice president for Global and Americas Operations at Starbucks Corporation in Seattle.
In 1992, McDermet earned a master’s degree in business administration from North Central College and received the College’s prestigious Alumni Recognition Award in 2007, becoming the College’s first master’s degree recipient to receive the award.
While earning his MBA, McDermet was a regional vice president for Burger King in Chicago. Eventually McDermet left Burger King to open a small chain of coffee shops in the Miami area, attributing his entrepreneurial spirit to Gary Ernst, professor emeritus of international business and marketing at North Central College.
McDermet replaces Steven H. Hoeft ’73, who has served as chair since 2009. Hoeft will remain an active trustee and serve ex-officio on the board’s executive committee