North Central College - Naperville, IL

G. Ward Stearns

Class Year: 
1956

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1988

G. Ward Stearns was president and chief executive officer of Harris Bank in Naperville. After graduating from North Central College with a degree in business administration, Stearns pursued graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Graduate School of Banking. Prior to his 1970 appointment as president of the Bank of Naperville, later Harris Bank, he was a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, vice president of Naperville National Bank, and president of the Bank of Westmont. He has been involved in numerous Naperville civic organizations and serves several area bank boards. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-54 and is a licensed commercial pilot. For the College, Stearns has served on the College’s Board of Trustees since 1984 and has been a Life Trustee since 1996.