Troy Hammond to be next president of North Central College

(MCT) — North Central College has tapped a scientist, teacher and entrepreneur to become its 10th president.

Troy Hammond, of Naperville, will step into the role Jan. 1 to replace Harold Wilde, who is retiring after nearly 22 years at the school's helm.

"Dr. Hammond has an impressive record of leadership accomplishments and impeccable academic credentials," college trustee Dr. Holly Humphrey, a member of the search committee, said in a news release. "This, together with his energy and intellect make him ideally suited as North Central College's 10th president."

Hammond, 45, holds a doctorate in experimental atomic physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has served as president of the energy services business at Chicago-based BlueStar Energy since 2010. He has previously worked as vice president of Pittsburgh-based technology company Plextronics Inc. and taught business at Milligan College, his undergraduate alma mater.

"North Central College is an outstanding liberal arts institution," Hammond said in the release. "I can't think of a more exciting and rewarding opportunity than to lead North Central as its next president."

The 3,000-student college began a nationwide search for a new president in February after Wilde announced his impending retirement. Hammond, his wife, and their four children will be formally introduced to the community at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave.