North Central College - Naperville, IL


Director, Dispute Resolution Center

Thomas D. Cavenagh, JD
Schneller Sisters Professor of Leadership, Ethics and Values
Professor of Business Law and Conflict Resolution
Director of the Leadership, Ethics and Values Program, Coordinator of Master of Leadership Studies Program at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Professor Cavenagh is also the founder and director of the North Central College Dispute Resolution Center. He graduated from Trinity College with a B.A. in religion and philosophy, magna cum laude. His J.D. is from DePaul University College of Law.

He has chaired the Illinois State Bar Association Section Council on Alternative Dispute Resolution and has been widely published in a variety of professional journals including Mediation Quarterly. Professor Cavenagh is the author of Business Dispute Resolution: Best Practices, System Design and Case Management, and the co-author of Alternative Dispute Resolution for Business by West Publishing Company and CyberJustice: A Guide to Online Dispute Resolution for E-Commerce by Prentice-Hall.

He is a past recipient of the North Central College Dissinger Prize for Faculty Scholarship and the North Central College Clarence F. Dissinger Distinguished Teaching and Service Award.

You may contact Professor Cavenagh at (630) 637-5157 or at