North Central College - Naperville, IL

Chris Smith receives student leadership award at Commencement

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Christopher Smith of Oak Lawn, Ill., son of Richard and Nanette Smith and a graduate of Oak Lawn Community High School, was named the 2010 recipient of the Mark A. Reid Student Leadership Award during North Central College's Commencement exercises on June 12.

In presenting Smith with the award at Commencement, North Central College President Harold R. Wilde said, "Chris is a respected leader in every sense and has been deeply committed to making this campus a better place. He's worked tirelessly to improve the operation of student government and the College Union Activities Board ... and has been involved with new student orientation, residence hall programming and training and mentoring future campus leaders."

Smith graduated with a degree in organizational communication and plans to pursue a career in student affairs and higher education.

Each year at Commencement, a deserving senior, by vote of the senior class, is recognized with the Reid Award in honor of a young man who exemplified North Central's commitment to principled leadership. Mark A. Reid was president of the Student Association at North Central College when he was killed in an auto accident in 1984.

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in Naperville, Ill., North Central is recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, which cites it as one of the top six schools in the Midwest for "Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching"; as "a college for high-achieving students" by Peterson's Competitive Colleges; and as one of "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes.