North Central College - Naperville, IL

President's Message

In his Commencement address to the Class of 2009, Blair Kamin (H) ’09, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic of The Chicago Tribune, urged every North Central College graduate to “Be a Builder.” After poking a little fun at himself (referencing the old TV show “Bob the Builder”), Kamin commented: “When I say, ‘Be a Builder,’ I am talking aspirationally, not vocationally. You can leave your legacy on anything from the visible public landscape to the private landscape of our emotions. You can build a friendship. Or a network of friends. A community. A business.

President's Letter: There are lots of wonderful schools. There's only one North Central College

Recently, a faculty candidate with super credentials who lives in another (far warmer) part of the country, after slogging through a wet and snowy day of interviews across the campus, asked me a question that caught me by surprise: “You’ve been here about 20 years. How come you’re still here?”

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