A scientist, business leader and entrepreneur, Dr. Troy D. Hammond became the 10th president of North Central College on January 1, 2013. Thanks in large part to Hammond's inspired leadership over the course of his first five years, the campus is now in the midst of a renaissance.
In 2017 alone, North Central built or renovated more than 200,000 square feet of space. The most dramatic campus addition is a state-of-the-art interdisciplinary science facility. The Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center is now recognized as the region’s premier facility of its kind and is transforming the way faculty teach and students learn science. In addition, the College's new School of Business and Entrepreneurship--home to the innovative Bloomberg Financial Lab--has helped propel North Central to the forefront of business education.
To fund these and other improvements, Hammond in 2015 publicly launched the most ambitious capital campaign in the College’s history–the $150 million Brilliant Future Campaign. Thanks to the overwhelming support of alumni and other friends, the Campaign has built great momentum, and its impact is already visible throughout campus.
Hammond has helped energize the North Central student academic experience and ensure that the College meets the needs of students both today and tomorrow. Under his leadership and guided by a new strategic plan, faculty have adapted existing programs and developed major new academic offerings, including an undergraduate engineering program (fall 2018), and a master's in occupational therapy (fall 2018). In 2017 the College created the Shimer Great Books School with a distinctive, reading-intensive model of education.
A prominent figure in higher education nationally, Hammond is chair-elect of the New American Colleges and Universities board of directors. He travels internationally to confer with other global leaders in higher education and serves on the board of Japan America Society of Chicago. He serves on the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents advisory group and has presented at the Council of Independent Colleges. He is a member of the boards of Illinois Campus Compact and Associated Colleges of Illinois. He also serves as an executive committee member of the Naperville Development Partnership.
Hammond graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in mathematics from Milligan College and received a second B.S. degree, in physics, from Georgia Tech. A prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship paved his way to the doctoral program in experimental atomic physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was mentored by thesis advisor Dr. David Pritchard and Nobel Laureate Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle for his Ph.D. research.
After graduate school, Hammond joined McKinsey & Company, a global leader in management consulting, where he became an associate principal. He then joined Plextronics, Inc., helping raise substantial venture and strategic capital and growing the technology company into a global leader in printed electronics. During this time, he also served as adjunct professor of business at Milligan College.
Prior to joining North Central College, Hammond was president of BlueStar Energy Services in Chicago, a provider of energy efficiency services for commercial and industrial customers.
Hammond holds numerous patents and has published extensively on physics, nanotechnology, polymer electronics and solar technology, a topic on which he has provided expert testimony before Congress. In 2013, Hammond was recognized as one of 60 outstanding alumni of the NSF’s highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Hammond and his wife Sharlene have four children who have enjoyed the experience of living on the North Central campus.