CHICAGO, IL (June 5, 2017) – Carl Balsam, North Park University executive vice president, has been named the school’s interim president. The decision by the Board of Trustees and ECC Executive Board was announced today.
Balsam joined North Park in 1988. As executive vice president and chief financial officer, he has managed North Park’s annual budget and finances. He also has overseen the university’s endowment, continue its strategic growth to a current value of $75 million.
Additionally, Balsam directed architectural planning for significant additions to North Park’s campus, including Anderson Chapel, Brandel Library, Helwig Recreation Center, the Holmgren Athletic Complex, and most recently the Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life.
“The Board is grateful to Carl for agreeing to continue his deep dedication to the university by serving as president, beginning July 1,” Dr. Kristine Strand, chair of the Trustees Board. “Because Carl has so generously stepped up to serve, we will benefit from his decades of experience and his steadfast commitment to North Park’s mission. With his leadership, we will continue to move forward with our goals and aspirations during this transition period.”
ECC president Gary Walter added, “Carl is a well-respected and trusted leader in the campus community and beyond. I am grateful for his openness to serve. This provides important continuity for initiatives underway.
Balsam has committed three-and-a-half decades of professional life to Christian higher education. Prior to coming to North Park, he served for six years at Barrington College in Barrington, Rhode Island. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Covenant Trust Company.
Spring 2018 is the target date for the identification of a permanent president to succeed David Parkyn, who retires effective June 30.