By Ken de la Bastide and Scott Smith
NAPERVILLE, Ill. —
Kokomo native Dr. Troy D. Hammond, 45, a scientist, teacher and entrepreneur, will be North Central College’s next president, only the 10th in the school’s 151-year history.
Hammond earned his Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics in 1996 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was mentored by Dr. David Pritchard and Nobel Laureate Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1989 from Milligan College, Johnson City, Tenn. Hammond continued his education at Georgia Tech, where he earned a second undergraduate degree, a bachelor of science in physics in1990, and won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that paved his way to the doctoral program at MIT.
Hammond’s first position after graduate school was with McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm. Based in their Pittsburgh, Pa., and Auckland, New Zealand offices, he spent eight years serving senior executives across the globe in a broad range of industries.
In 2004, he joined Plextronics Inc., a small technology company in Pittsburgh, Pa., as vice president, where he helped build it into a global leader in printed electronics. During his time at Plextronics, he also returned to the classroom as adjunct professor of business at his undergraduate alma mater, teaching quantitative methods for business for their newly established MBA program.
Hammond and his family moved to Naperville in 2010 when he became president of the energy services business at BlueStar Energy, a private firm headquartered in Chicago. With his expertise in renewable energy technologies and sustainability, he provided commercial, industrial and institutional customers with energy efficiency services.