North Central College - Naperville, IL

Challenging New Leaders

Graduate students enrolled in the new Administration of Higher Education class are learning their lessons from a real pro.

Graduate students enrolled in the new Administration of Higher Education class are learning their lessons from a real pro. Preparing these aspiring future leaders in higher education is Gary Ireland, now director of student development and assistant dean of students.

Formerly the College’s dean of students, Ireland is now sharing his 25 years of experience by teaching graduate-level classes and mentoring graduate assistants. Most of the students in his fall term class are specializing in the new higher education leadership track within the master of leadership studies program.

Commencement 2010: A Notable Finale

A stormy forecast on June 12 provided the perfect opportunity to enlist the air-conditioned and roomy environment of the new Res/Rec Center for the College’s 145th Commencement. After a few adjustments to the traditional procession and with the help of audio-visual equipment, the 598 graduates who attended and their families and friends enjoyed the ceremony while thunder boomed outside.

Alumnus is at leading edge of design technology

Robert “Buzz” Kross ’87 helps lead a company with an understated name—Autodesk—but the $1.7 billion software firm is a major player and worldwide leader in 2D and 3D design, which supports everything from the design of BMWs and Apple iPads to digital movie effects.

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