North Central College - Naperville, IL

John A. Koten

Class Year: 
1951

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1973

John “Jack” Koten is a Life Trustee who joined the College’s Board of Trustees in 1970 and received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, at Commencement Ceremonies in 1991. Koten is a retired senior vice president for Ameritech and president of the Ameritech Foundation. He has served as a member of the Illinois School Problems Commission; secretary and director of the Economic Club of Chicago; secretary of the Better Schools Committee of Chicago; and director of the Church Federation and chairman of the Board of Pensions of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. For more than 100 years, the Koten family name has been associated with North Central and Evangelical Theological Seminary (E.T.S.). In 1979, Koten and his wife, Catherine Hroska Koten, and sister, Jane Koten ’55, made a generous gift to honor their parents and fellow alumni. That same year the chapel was renamed “The Roy Y. and Margaret Koten Chapel.”