North Central College President Harold (Hal) Wilde will retire at the end of the 2012 calendar year, after nearly 22 years at the helm of the 3,000-student private comprehensive liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois. Wilde, only the ninth president in the history of the 150-year-old institution, announced his plans to the College’s Board of Trustees on Friday morning.
“By any standard, Hal Wilde has had a remarkable tenure as North Central’s president,” said Board Chair and alumnus Steve Hoeft, noting that during that time the institution has seen a nearly 10-fold increase in its endowment, a doubling of its full-time student population, completion of 15 major building projects, continuously balanced budgets, and a successful $50-million capital campaign. “His legacy will be felt on this campus—and throughout the community of Naperville—for generations to come.”
In his remarks to the Board, Wilde called it “a rare privilege” to serve as the College’s president, to live in the middle of campus and get to know thousands of members of the North Central family. “There were many days—not every day, but many—when I would have paid for that privilege.”
"Hal first spoke to the Board about retirement as he approached his 65th birthday two years ago, and he committed to staying at the College through its Sesquicentennial,” Hoeft explained. “He has worked with the Board of Trustees to insure that the College sustains its momentum through its transition to new leadership.”