Craig Hart

Craig C. Hart

Illinois Wesleyan Names Career Center for Craig C. Hart

October 27, 2005 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The career center at Illinois Wesleyan University has been named in honor of the long-time president of the University's Board of Trustees, Craig C. Hart.

Hart retired as president of the Trustees in May 2005 after 11 years in that capacity. He has served for the 24 years on the Board and will continue in his role as a trustee. Hart is the retired president and chief executive officer of Champion Federal Savings and Loan and founder and chairman of Heritage Enterprises.

The announcement of the Craig C. Hart Career Center was made on Monday, October 24, at a Board of Trustees dinner during which Hart was recognized for his service to the University.

George Vinyard, who succeeded Hart as president of the University's Board, noted that one of Hart's special concerns has been for students to receive the kind of career guidance that will give them an advantage after they graduate from Illinois Wesleyan.

"I am pleased to announce that from this point forward students will go to the Craig C. Hart Career Center for guidance, resources, internship and employment opportunities as they prepare for life after graduation," Vinyard said.

At present, the Hart Career Center is located in Gulick Hall, one of the University's residence halls. Plans call for the center to be relocated to the Minor Myers Welcome Center when that facility is completed.

Fundraising has begun on the Welcome Center, which is named in honor of late Illinois Wesleyan President Minor Myers jr. and will house both the Hart Career Center and the University's Office of Admissions.

"Once we have completed the Minor Myers Welcome Center, the Hart Career Center will be an integral part of that facility," said Vinyard. "This will be a lasting reminder in tribute to the close working relationship that Craig Hart had with President Myers during their respective presidencies."