July 8, 2011—Retiring after 25 years on North Central College’s faculty, Gary Ernst was named Professor of International Business and Marketing Emeritus during the College’s 2011 Commencement exercises on June 11.
In conferring Ernst’s emeritus status, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty R. Devadoss Pandian said, “(Gary Ernst) … has served this institution with honor and distinction for 25 years. In his retirement, the College will miss an outstanding teacher, committed citizen and a wonderful colleague.”
During his teaching career at North Central, Ernst established several programs that today are hallmarks of the College—the award-winning Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter in 1987, the Entrepreneurship Institute, an entrepreneurship major in 2000 and the Self-Employment in the Arts Conference in 2001. He also furthered the concept of social entrepreneurship in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and helped design the sport management degree.
Ernst was named Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business in 1999 and was awarded significant grant funding from the foundation for entrepreneurship education over the past 12 years. He was recognized with a national Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award in Private Enterprise Education in 1995 and became a member of the SIFE Hall of Fame in 1997, recognizing 12 years of service and 89 regional and national awards.
At North Central, Ernst received three Dissinger Teacher of the Year Awards and was recognized with the Harold and Eva White First Citizen of the College Award in 2008. At his retirement, his title was Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, professor of international business and marketing, and chair of management and marketing.
Ernst earned his B.S. and M.S. in marketing communications from Roosevelt University and his Ed.D. from Northern Illinois University.