Troy D. Hammond, Ph.D. 


Professor of Physics 

A scientist, business leader and entrepreneur, Dr. Troy D. Hammond is the 10th president of North Central College.  

Under his leadership, North Central built or renovated more than 200,000 square feet of space in 2017. The most dramatic campus additions are the interdisciplinary Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center and the School of Business and Entrepreneurship with its Bloomberg financial lab. To fund these and other improvements, Hammond launched the $150 million Brilliant Future Campaign, which has received overwhelming support from alumni and friends with more than $80 million raised to date. 

Hammond has also energized the North Central student academic experience, including development of new majors in engineering, neuroscience, and health science and a graduate degree in occupational thereby. The College is also preparing the launch of a reimagined general education curriculum.

A prominent figure in higher education, Hammond is chair-elect of the New American Colleges and Universities board of directors and serves on the NCAA Division III Presidents Council.

Hammond earned B.S. degrees from Milligan College and Georgia Tech. A 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 Dr. David Pritchard and Nobel Laureate Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle.  After completing his Ph.D., Hammond worked at McKinsey & Company, Plextronics and BlueStar Energy Services. He also taught at Milligan College. 

Hammond holds numerous patents and has published on physics, nanotechnology, polymer electronics and solar technology. He was named one of 60 outstanding alumni of the NSF’s highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  

Dr. Troy D. Hammond