Dr. Troy D. Hammond officially began his duties on Tuesday, January 1, as the 10th president of North Central College. He was formerly the president of the energy services business at BlueStar Energy in Chicago. Hammond and his wife Sharlene have lived in Naperville with their four children since 2010.
The selection of Hammond on October 26 followed an eight-month presidential search. He was introduced to the campus community on October 29 (view the event). The Presidential Search Committee was chaired by Trustee Michael Naset.
Hammond previously worked as vice president for Plextronics, Inc.—a small, Pittsburgh-based technology company that he helped build into a global leader in printed electronics—and McKinsey & Company, a leading management consulting firm. He holds a Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a bachelor’s of science degree in physics from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s of science in mathematics from Milligan College. His complete biography can be found at northcentralcollege.edu/content/presidents-biography.
“I bring a unique perspective to North Central College, with my combination of academic and professional backgrounds,” Hammond said previously. “I have a passion for liberal arts education because I know what it means for students—I know what it meant for me. North Central prepares students to be broad thinkers, to think laterally and creatively, to contribute productively with peers, and the ability to adapt, grow and learn over a lifetime.”
Hammond said he was deeply honored and humbled to become North Central College’s 10th president. “North Central has a rich and proud history, but North Central is not standing still,” he said. “It is moving forward aggressively.”