North Central College — President

North Central College invites nominations and applications for its 11th president in the College’s 160-year history. The search was launched in response to President Troy D. Hammond’s retirement in June 2022, after a dedicated decade of service to the College. North Central seeks an inspiring, authentic, and strategic leader who is committed to and passionate about the transformational nature of the private residential, liberal arts educational experience. The next President will be a champion of the College’s distinctive story as well as relish the opportunity to lead and inspire its faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community.

North Central College is located in Naperville, Illinois, less than 30 miles southwest of Chicago. Founded in 1861, North Central has a long history of rigorous and innovative student-centered education, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, with purposeful integration of professional studies and civic engagement. Today, with a student body of over 2,600 and 177 full-time faculty, the College is steadfast in its personalized student education with 70 undergraduate and 13 graduate offerings. Ranked as a top 20 “Best Regional University” and in the top 10 “Most Innovative Schools” in the Midwest (U.S. News & World Report) for 2022, North Central has been a leader of thoughtful changes and strategic academic advances. With the successful launch of new and innovative curricular programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the recruitment and retention of an engaged and talented faculty and staff, outstanding facility investments, exceptional academic and athletic programs, an energetic and diverse student body, and a deep connection with its Naperville, Illinois community, North Central College takes great pride in its trajectory of excellence.  

Outside the classroom, the beautiful campus is lively with active, creative, and community-minded student life with more than 75 organizations, activities, and clubs. North Central boasts one of the most dominant NCAA Division III athletics programs in the country, offering 27 intercollegiate men’s and women’s programs and an extraordinary legacy of 40 team national championships, including 10 in the last decade.

As a highlight of its commitment to a diverse and inclusive community, North Central has been nationally recognized for its Cardinal First program, which provides dedicated resources, personal support, innovative strategies, and campus-wide celebrating of it first-generation student body and their educational success. 

North Central College has a unique and symbiotic relationship with the city of Naperville and the surrounding region, embracing a shared vision of success. Naperville, a city of nearly 150,000 residents, is the fourth largest city in Illinois, and is hailed as the “Best City to Raise a Family in America” and having the “Best Public Schools in America” by in 2022, in addition to being named the “Safest City in America” by MoneyGeek in 2021. The College is an important contributor to Naperville’s quality of life, sharing expertise and facilities, and hosting an array of cultural, intellectual, and athletic activities. Significantly, many of the College’s faculty and staff live near campus; its students find employment opportunities in downtown Naperville and throughout the community; and many of its graduates choose to live in Naperville and the surrounding area after graduation contributing their talents as teachers, healthcare professionals, small business owners, community leaders, and more. Chicago, the nation’s third largest metropolitan area, is less than 30 miles from Naperville and accessible via Metra commuter train with a stop located within walking distance of campus. North Central’s proximity to Chicago provides the campus community with easy access to the city’s diversity of economic, social, professional, and cultural opportunities.

The next Presidential of North Central will bring to the College strong leadership and management skills, a transparent and genuine communication style, and a demonstrated understanding of and passion for the transformational nature of the private residential, liberal arts educational experience. The President of North Central serves as its executive leader and will have the opportunity to leverage the College’s strong position, advance its mission, and ensure its future success. The President reports to the Board of Trustees, a dedicated and engaged set of leaders, alumni, and community members, who seek an experienced, genuine, and dynamic partner to lead North Central. More details about North Central College and the agenda for leadership for the next President may be found at:

The North Central College Presidential Search Committee will begin evaluating applications immediately. Although applications will be welcomed until the time that a new President is selected, candidates should submit materials by November 11, 2022, to ensure the fullest consideration. The new President is expected to begin serving on July 1, 2023. Applications should include a letter of candidacy that responds to the agenda for leadership and the desired attributes for the President, and a complete résumé or career vita. All application materials will be considered in full confidence. Please send all nominations, inquiries, and applications, electronically to:

Julie E. Tea, Managing Director
Kate Phillips, Senior Associate

For more information, please visit North Central College’s website at

North Central College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. NCC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.