The College recognized Peter Barger
and Cheryl Horton
at its annual Service Awards celebration May 21 as recipients of the Ruth C. Dissinger Awards for administrative manager and administrative support staff, respectively.
As coordinator of North Central’s 2010 Institutional Self-Study, in addition to his roles as director of institutional assessment and accreditation, dean of graduate and continuing education and professor of economics and finance, Barger fit the criteria for this award, going above and beyond job expectations in support of the College. He led the effort to gain reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, making a significant impact on the future of North Central College. “His willingness to take on such a huge task speaks to his commitment to the College and the quality of the finished report demonstrates his remarkable abilities,” said one nominator. “He handles his responsibilities with grace, wisdom and humor,” said another. Barger has served at North Central since 1989.
Horton serves as academic affairs secretary. “She is very much the ‘face’ of North Central College to prospective faculty,” said a nominator. “She is warm and caring, accommodating and efficient,” said another. Her professional skills, positive attitude and dedication to the College are evident in her administrative work. With multiple faculty searches underway this year, she coordinated multiple meetings and schedules and always helped job candidates feel welcome and comfortable during their visits. Horton has worked in academic affairs since 2006.