Troy Hammond

President; Professor of Physics , PHY



A scientist, business leader, and entrepreneur, Dr. Troy D. Hammond became the 10th president of North Central College on January 1, 2013. Since then, Hammond has made significant advancements in the institution’s enrollment, financial strength, faculty ranks, and facilities, including completion of a major new residence hall and the design and launch of a new $60 million science center.

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. Winning 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.

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, his wife Sharlene, and their four teenage children reside on the College's campus in Naperville.