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Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams addresses North Central College Commencement

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams delivered the address Saturday, June 9, at the 147th Commencement of North Central College.

June 9, 2012—Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams delivered the address Saturday, June 9, at the 147th Commencement of North Central College.

Williams noted it was the final Commencement for North Central College President Harold R. Wilde, who is retiring at the end of 2012 after 22 years as president.

“North Central College is fortunate to have had a President with such a long and exceptional tenure,” Williams told the audience. “While I’m sure everyone is sad to see you go, we know that you are leaving behind an incredible legacy.”

Online magazine publishes Wilde piece addressing misconceptions about higher education

North Central College President Harold R. Wilde reflects on his tenure as president and addresses misconceptions about topical issues in higher education.

North Central College President Harold R. Wilde reflects on his tenure as president and addresses misconceptions about topical issues in higher education in a piece published by Zocalo Public Square.

On the topic of tuition costs, Wilde points out that financial aid support has skyrocketed in recent years, outpacing tuition increases in some cases: "In reality, though, at most colleges, the official price has no more relation to what you really pay than does the sticker price on a used car."

150 Moments: Old Main, 1870-

Old Main, winter 1921
North Central College’s iconic Old Main building was dedicated Oct. 4, 1870, and refurbished and rededicated in October 1998.

After laying the cornerstone on May 17, 1870, Old Main came to represent the merging of North-Western College, which had just relocated from Plainfield, and the residents of Naperville. Old Main remains the oldest building on campus and one of the oldest buildings in the surrounding area.

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