North Central College


Dr. Troy D. Hammond, President, North Central College, is a scientist, business leader, and entrepreneur. He became the 10th president of North Central College on January 1, 2013. Since then, he 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.

Dr. 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, he joined McKinsey & Company, the global leader in management consulting, where he became an Associate Principal. Dr. Hammond then joined Plextronics, Inc., helping raise substantial venture and strategic capital and growing this 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, Dr. Hammond was president of BlueStar Energy Services in Chicago, a provider of energy efficiency projects for commercial and industrial customers.

Dr. 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, Dr. Hammond was recognized as one of 60 outstanding alumni in the 60-year history of the NSF’s highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Dr. Hammond, his wife Sharlene, and their four teenage children reside on the college’s campus in Naperville.

Sharlene D. Hammond joined the North Central College family as presidential spouse on January 1, 2013. She has since become well known among the student life organization as a champion of service learning.

Ms. Hammond graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She then entered the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she earned her Masters of Science in Nursing.

Ms. Hammond was a practicing Geriatric and Adult Nurse Practitioner before devoting full-time energy to raising their children Dillon, Karina and Gabrielle. Later, she led numerous service trips to El Salvador, where she was also working toward the adoption of their fourth and eldest child, Adonay, which was completed in 2010. All four children are now teenagers in Naperville district public schools and enjoy living on the campus of North Central along with their yellow lab Luke.

At North Central, Ms. Hammond has supported student service projects to El Salvador through the Office of Ministry and Service within Student Affairs and continues to lead by example by participating in and organizing a multitude of service projects in the local community and abroad.

Kevin McCarthy, serves North Central College as the Associate Dean of Students. Mr. McCarthy oversees all aspects of residence life, campus safety, counseling, and medical services. He also serves as the chair of the College’s Behavioral Intervention Team and acts as a point person for the Office of Student Affairs regarding assessment and Title IX complaints and investigations. In addition to his administrative work, Mr. McCarthy has traveled with students to Haiti, Germany, Kenya, Israel, Palestine, and Guatemala as support staff on service and short-term study abroad experiences.

Mr. McCarthy joined North Central College in 2007 as an Area Hall Director. Before being promoted to Associate Dean, he also held positions as the Director of Residence Life and Assistant Dean of Students and recently served the College as the Acting Title IX Coordinator.

Mr. McCarthy received his undergraduate degree in psychology and interpersonal communications from Alma College in Michigan and completed his Master’s degree in liberal studies at North Central College in 2010.