Happy New Year from North Central College! I’m excited to write my first Positively Naperville column. One of the things I love most about being president of North Central College is calling Naperville home. Not a day goes by that I don’t marvel at the College’s location along the river in Naperville, the finest small city in America.
The relationship between Naperville and North Central dates back more than 150 years. The College’s iconic Old Main was completed in 1870 and the town and the College have been integral to each other’s growth and success ever since. Today, Naperville is recognized as one of the best places to live in America, with top-rated schools, outstanding healthcare facilities and a vibrant downtown. Likewise, North Central ranks among the top colleges in the Midwest, featuring cutting edge academic facilities and programs, faculty with a passion for teaching and mentoring, and athletic teams that regularly compete—and win—on the national stage.
North Central is a college of destination for students from across the Midwest, throughout the country, and the entire world. When students consider North Central, one of the added attractions—and something no other college or university can boast—is our location in the heart of Naperville.
As a cornerstone community organization, the College plays an important role in serving Naperville and the region by welcoming the public to our campus for enriching cultural events and fine arts performances, thought provoking lectures, exciting youth camps, and more.
North Central College and Naperville have always enjoyed a special relationship, and I look forward to sharing College news and updates here each month. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about what’s happening on our campus, ways we’re impacting the community, and the meaningful work we’re doing to prepare the next generation of citizens and leaders, including healthcare professionals, engineers, business leaders, teachers, authors, and so much more.
This month, the College will honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—including his visit to our campus in 1960—by hosting several events. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/mlk22 to learn more.