Happy New Year from North Central College! I am excited to be writing my first column on Positively Naperville. One of the things I love most about being president of North Central College is calling Naperville home. Not a day goes by without marveling at the location of the college on the river in Naperville, America’s most beautiful small town.
The relationship between Naperville and North Central dates back more than 150 years. The college’s iconic Old Main was completed in 1870, and the city and college have since been an integral part of each other’s growth and success. Today Naperville is considered one of the best places to live in America, with world-class schools, excellent health facilities, and a vibrant downtown area. North Central is also one of the best colleges in the Midwest, offering cutting-edge academic facilities and programs, faculty with a passion for teaching and mentoring, and sports teams that regularly compete and win on the national stage.
North Central is a college for students from across the Midwest, across the country, and around the world. When students consider North Central, our location in the heart of Naperville is one of the added attractions – and something no other college or university can match.
As the cornerstone of the community organization, the college plays an important role in serving Naperville and the region by welcoming the public to our campus for enriching cultural events and art performances, thought-provoking lectures, exciting youth camps, and more.
North Central College and Naperville have always enjoyed a special relationship, and I look forward to sharing news and updates from the college here every month. I hope you enjoy reading what is happening on our campus, how we affect the community, and the meaningful work we are doing to prepare the next generation of citizens and leaders, including health professionals, engineers, business leaders and Teachers, writers and much more.
This month the college will celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. – including his visit to our campus in 1960 – with several events. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/mlk22 to learn more.