After nearly 22 years of leadership, North Central College President Harold Wilde has announced he will retire on December 31st, 2012.
Wilde first spoke about stepping down two years ago, but told the board he wanted to stay at the college through its sesquicentennial celebration.
He is the college’s ninth president, joining the cardinal family in March of 1991.
During his time at the institution, it has seen a 10-fold increase in its endowment, doubled its full time student population, continuously balanced budgets, completed 15 major building projects on campus, and had a successful $50 million capital campaign.
Wilde’s 22-year presidency makes him the second longest president for the college, just eight years behind Edward Everett Rall, the college’s fifth president.
North Central is in the process of putting together a committee to search for Wilde’s replacement.
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