North Central College in the News

Media outlets nationwide are buzzing with North Central’s new president announcement

Mar 22, 2023

Dr. Anita Thomas will start on July 1, 2023 as the 11th president of the College

A mission-driven leader, researcher, educator, and psychologist, Dr. Thomas, 55, is a champion of liberal arts and sciences education, particularly as a foundation for inspiring curiosity and civic engagement among students. Over a career spanning more than 25 years in higher education, she has deep experience in shaping strategic vision and supporting the development of student intellectual life.

Thomas was unanimously elected by North Central College’s Board of Trustees following a months-long national search that engaged trustees, students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Her appointment is historic. Thomas is the first woman and the first person of color to lead North Central College in its 162-year history. In addition to leading the College, she will hold the faculty rank of professor of psychology in North Central’s College of Arts and Sciences.

North Central’s mission resonates deeply with Thomas. “Having the opportunity to become part of this extraordinary institution is truly a great joy and honor,” she said. “North Central is preparing our next generation of leaders and—in partnership with faculty, students, staff, the board, alumni, and the Naperville community—I am honored, humbled and ready to lead the College in the next phase of its storied history.”

Click below to view the media coverage of this historic moment in the College’s history:

To view the full announcement on Thomas’ appointment, visit the College’s website.

Dr. Anita Thomas headshot