This Annual Report reviews the excellent results achieved by North Central College during fiscal year 2012-2013. In addition to a 42nd consecutive balanced budget, the recruiting of a stellar class of first-year and transfer students and growing numbers of engaged scholars and Presidents Club donors, the year was highlighted by a transition in presidential leadership. During 2012-2013, I was honored to assume the presidency of North Central College from Dr. Harold R. Wilde, who officially retired on December 31, 2012. His leadership, and the depth of experience among the College’s vice presidents who serve on the Cabinet, should be credited with the excellent long-term results presented in this Annual Report.
My presidency, only the 10th in the College’s 152-year history, got off to a running start in January 2013. Literally, after running a lap alongside my wife Sharlene and our outstanding coaches at the Alumni Track & Field Meet, I oversaw the raising of two championship banners (achieved on Hal’s watch). I then met a goal of meeting 1,000 alumni by the February Board of Trustees meeting and concluded the 2012-2013 year with the Inauguration ceremonies and my first Commencement.
I’m now well into my first full academic year and pursuing new initiatives across the campus. From my past experiences, I can envision new ways to build on the “Promising Start” celebrated at the College’s Sesquicentennial and move the institution forward into the next 150 years. A focus on recruiting, admission and financial aid will be critical, along with maximizing the tuition revenue that is at the foundation of our operating budget. Another area of focus is incorporating new technologies into teaching, an effort we’ve already started to address with the faculty and Matt Burden, the new assistant vice president and chief information officer.
Of course, making progress on building a science center remains my No. 1 goal, and in the coming months, I anticipate significant progress on the design. We’re still raising the important dollars necessary to fund this project—and we can’t do it without your help. I appreciate the alumni who have already come forward with pledges and gifts because they recognize the crucial need to upgrade our academic facilities and maintain strength in the marketplace. And I thank you for your generous support of scholarships, fine arts, athletics and the North Central College Fund. Every person and organization listed in this Annual Report makes a difference.
As I met with alumni, parents, faculty, students, staff and community members this past year, I sensed an overwhelming feeling of pride in North Central College. I feel privileged to lead this fine institution and help prepare it for a brilliant future. As you read this redesigned Annual Report, I hope your pride is bolstered, and I look forward to reporting back to you on our many new accomplishments next year.
Dr. Troy D. Hammond