North Central honors Jeffrey Swallow ’94 with Outstanding Alumni Award

Oct 14, 2014

North Central College is honoring Naperville resident Jeffrey “Jeff” Swallow with a 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Swallow and four others will be honored during the College’s Homecoming Reunion Celebration from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St.

A 1994 graduate of North Central College, Swallow is a visionary corporate leader, North Central College Trustee and generous philanthropist. He has a special interest in providing financial assistance to students obtaining their college degrees. Currently president and chief executive officer of Magnetrol International Incorporated in Aurora, Swallow has spent his career in planning, implementation, administration, and management of growing and expanding manufacturing environments. The success of Magnetrol reflects his wise management and business acumen.

After completing an associate’s degree at Lincoln College in downstate Lincoln, Swallow received his bachelor’s degree at North Central College and called crossing the stage at Commencement “one of my proudest moments.” To honor both schools, he established the Magnetrol Judy G. Stevenson Scholarships that fully fund the educations of selected Lincoln College transfer students for two years at North Central College.

The scholarships are named for his late mother, who together with Jeff supported numerous capital projects on campus and other scholarships. Meiley-Swallow Hall is named in the family’s honor and to commemorate the many ties between the family and the College.

Swallow earned his M.B.A. from Northwestern University in 2001 and a Ph.D. from Benedictine University in organizational development in 2008. His research interests include issues of organization development and behavior and international management.

He became a charter member of North Central College’s Board of Trustee Associates in 1997 and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2006. Swallow, his wife Madeleine and their three children reside in Naperville.

Others being honored during North Central’s Homecoming are Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Becky Anderson of Naperville and William Gossell of Farmers Branch, Texas. Wade Hicks of Framingham, Mass., will receive an Alumni Recognition Award and the Rev. Tom Babler of Naperville will receive a Wall of Witness honor.