North Central College - Naperville, IL

First Citizen of the College Award presented at Commencement

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July 7, 2011—Marti Bogart, associate professor of economics and associate dean for academic affairs, was named the 20th recipient of North Central College’s Harold and Eva White First Citizen of the College Award during Commencement exercises on June 11.

The First Citizen of the College Award recognizes a student, faculty or staff member who exemplifies the best of North Central College and honors a “unique spirit and legacy,” that of Harold and Eva White, longtime editors and publishers of The Naperville Sun and alumni of the College.

The criterion for the award is very simple—to be the best, noted President Harold R. Wilde during the award presentation. “A teacher at heart, (Marti Bogart) can transform any situation into a teachable moment. An economics professor by trade, she oversees the ‘nuts and bolts’ of our academic side … and she does it in way that is efficient, prudent, humane, fair and faithful to the mission of this College,” Wilde said.

“A great institution like North Central College is a complex operation, and we rely on unique individuals willing to tackle any challenge that comes their way—often at the crowded and passionate intersection of competing offices and constituencies—without losing their cool. Today we celebrate someone whose skill and compassion are tested daily by students and parents, faculty and the College’s business office—and she has never been found wanting.”

Bogart has served the College for 29 years. She received her B.S. from John Carroll University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University.