Sharon Wysoglad, Character Education project director, then shared an update on the framework that the College has created to build “cultures of character” in schools across urban, suburban and rural areas. Around tables at the event, educators, aspiring leaders and administrators discussed the benefits of focusing on social, emotional and ethical competencies.
The event was also poignant. Two days prior, Robert D. Kern had passed away at the age of 96. Together with his wife, Patricia, Bob cultivated a legacy defined by character, entrepreneurial thinking, generosity, and generational impact.
In late 2018, the Kern Family Foundation awarded a generous 4.5-year, $3.2 million grant to North Central College. At the time, it was the largest private grant in the College’s history. It led to creation of the Character Education Institute—anchored by North Central’s Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) program and the School of Education and Health Science.
“Mr. Kern’s passion for funding programs that initiate systemic change led to the historic grant award from which North Central’s Cultures of Character Initiatives evolved,” said Wysoglad. “We are grateful to the Kern Family Foundation, which has provided an endorsement for North Central’s commitment to preparing educators who are grounded in character virtues and a commitment to fostering a culture of character in their classrooms, schools and communities.”
North Central College is dedicated to inspiring well-equipped and responsible educators and leaders.