This has been a momentous summer for North Central. Many colleges experience a quiet and low-key few months, but that’s not true here!
Most dramatically, in June I announced to the campus that Dr. Myron Wentz ’63, (H) ’11 had made an extraordinary gift to the new Science Center. His generosity changes the trajectory of the Brilliant Future Campaign and takes us a giant step closer to our goal of enriching the student experience for generations to come.
Like most of our alumni, Dr. Wentz expressed his immense gratitude for the people who make North Central great, particularly our outstanding and dedicated faculty. “North Central College was the most significant and formative influence in my life,” he said. “I’m so happy and proud to do what I can in support of the College’s students and faculty.”
I know I join the entire College community in extending my deepest thanks to Dr. Wentz for his remarkable gift. We will formally dedicate the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center at a ceremony during Homecoming on Friday, October 21; I hope you’ll join us for that very special celebration.
This great news is just one sign of the tremendous momentum we’re experiencing at the College. We’re adopting a new strategic plan that will move our community forward with a renewed sense of purpose. Students are exploring new worlds through a variety of summer research projects with their mentors. Faculty are developing a new general education curriculum to meet the emerging needs of students.
We are enhancing our facilities to ensure students are equipped with the tools they need to succeed. And through it all, we’re strengthening everything that has always made this remarkable College distinctive.
While it may be unusual for a college to be so busy in the summer, it isn’t surprising in our case. We’ve always been committed to constant improvement and lifelong learning—and that commitment doesn’t fade with warm weather. That’s one reason I’m delighted to have been named chair-elect of The New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of selective small colleges. I know it will provide me with new opportunities to learn from other institutions and to share what we’ve learned with others. And that’s what lifelong learning is all about.
Troy D. Hammond, Ph.D. President Professor of Physics
“I’m so happy and proud to... support the College’s students and faculty.”