A Message from the Campaign Co-Chairs

North Central College has marked an extraordinary achievement: completion of the boldest philanthropic initiative in its history. The Brilliant Future Campaign came to a successful close on June 30, 2023. In the end, the Cardinal community raised $150 million to open a new world of possibilities for North Central students for years to come.

From the start, a decade ago, we dreamed big. The goal was to bring change and innovation to our campus. Responding in record-setting fashion, donors invested in a Brilliant Future that has now been realized in significant and lasting ways:

A campus transformed

The College was able to modernize approximately 38 percent of its building footprint, adding more than 272,000 square feet of new state-of-the-art facilities and completely renovating 204,798 square feet of existing space.

Wentz Science Center on the North Central College campus.

Increased endowment

Strengthening the College endowment will help North Central meet future change and uncertainties.

Students working together.

New scholarships

Greater numbers of students are able to access a North Central education thanks to new avenues for financial support.

North Central College students in the library.

New academic programs

At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the College now offers expanded opportunities for students and new horizons for growth in enrollment.

The stock ticker in North Central College's School of Business and Entrepreneurship.

As the campaign co-chairs, we are deeply grateful to, and inspired by, each person who made a gift towards that impressive total. Every donation mattered. As the College begins a new chapter under the leadership of its 11th president, Dr. Anita Thomas, the successful completion of the Brilliant Future campaign affirms that the Cardinal community is strong, vibrant and united behind a vision for North Central to be a leading destination for a liberal arts education.

In the fall, the campus community will have an opportunity to celebrate this milestone moment together. Stay tuned for more information. Until then, thank you again.

Best regards,

Holly HumphreyHolly Humphrey, MD ’79
Co-chair, Brilliant Future Campaign
Chair, Board of Trustees 




Jeffrey SwallowJeffrey K. Swallow, Ph.D. ’94
Co-chair, Brilliant Future Campaign
, Board of Trustees