North Central College - Naperville, IL

Tracy Smith Malone

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2013

The Reverend Dr. Tracy Smith ’90 Malone is a recognized leader in the United Methodist Church, widely known for her devout faith and her outstanding abilities to lead, mentor, teach and preach. She holds the position of Chicago Southern District Superintendent of the Northern Illinois Conference, and the district she oversees includes 60 local churches, a social agency, two campus ministries and other ministries. Tracy has served in associate, pastor and senior pastor positions and been a member of the board of directors for the General Board of Church and Society and chair of the 2012 delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conferences. She has received the Distinguished Leadership Award by the Chicago Black Methodists for Church Renewal.

Tracy came to North Central knowing that she would prepare for seminary, having been mentored to enter the ministry by her father (the Reverend Willie Smith ’79) and other clergy. While a student, she was a change agent who initiated the Voices of Praise gospel choir, planned new events for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and served on the search committee that hired the College’s first multicultural affairs director.

She graduated from North Central with a degree in religious studies, received a master of divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from United Theological Seminary.

As a North Central alumna, Tracy has been generous with her time on many occasions, returning as a speaker at Martin Luther King Jr. events and at the worship service to celebrate the inauguration of President Troy D. Hammond. In addition, she and husband Derrick Malone ’93 established the Derrick and Tracy Malone Minority Scholarship to support the African-American student population at North Central.

Tracy, Derrick and their two daughters reside in Flossmoor, IL.

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