North Central College - Naperville, IL

Board names Life Trustee and new Trustee

The College’s Board of Trustees in May voted to recognize, John D. Bramsen ’60, as a Life Trustee after 19 years of service to the board. Bramsen majored in mathematics at North Central and then pursued his master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Illinois. During his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, he studied the application of math to sociological theory, which inspired his research as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado. He later returned to Chicago to work at Spraying Systems Company, a business founded by his father.

Honored by North Central with the Gael D. Swing Award for Meritorious Service in 2000 and with an Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1996, Bramsen has long been a generous benefactor of the College and a champion of academics and the faculty. He endowed the Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professorship in the Humanities in memory of his parents. He has also supported the Leadership, Ethics and Values Program and the renovation of Old Main.

J. Tom Gruenwald has joined the Board of Trustees effective with the October 2010 meeting. His career spans two decades of technical and executive leadership in varied and significant roles, including executive vice president of corporate strategy and chief technology officer of Tellabs, Inc. Gruenwald is presently managing director of The Global Sentry Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and turnaround firm advising small and mid-sized corporations. Additionally, he is a lecturer at Purdue University where he is active in nuclear physics research.

He served on Edward Hospital’s board of directors for 10 years and was chairman for four years. Gruenwald obtained his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Cincinnati and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Purdue University. He has been a strong supporter of the College, including the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center.

 North Central NOW Fall 2010