North Central College - Naperville, IL

Meet Leadership Students

Didi Foley, Leadership Student

Di Di Foley
Master of Leadership Student

With a B.A. in radio, Diana Foley wanted a graduate degree that would build on her supervisory experience and open more opportunities. "The Leadership degree will be helpful in higher education, where I work now, but who knows where life will take me. The curriculum can be applied in many roles and life experiences." As the Copley Campus Manager at Waubonsee Community College, Diana manages the extension campus and front-line staff at the Sugar Grove, Aurora and Plano campuses. "The classes have fostered ongoing critical thinking to effectively motivate and work alongside many different people. This not only has changed my perspective but has assisted me in proposing changes in my professional work as well as my personal life." In addition to applying what she learns in class, Diana is integrating her personal interests about contemporary families and gender roles into her thesis project. "I am looking at working vs non-working parents, stay at home dads, working moms, life/work balance, work compensation and more."

Brandon Kurzweg
Master of Leadership Student

Brandon chose to become a graduate assistant at North Central because of the new track in the leadership graduate program. “Between the new Higher Education Leadership master’s program and the wide variety of graduate assistantships on campus, I saw potential opportunities for me to gain great first-hand work experience which will help me be successful. It’s absolutely critical I have a master’s degree to advance my career in the field of student affairs. The Higher Education Leadership program will give me skills, knowledge and practical experience to begin a career working with students in any department of a college.”