Gael Swing was appointed executive vice president of the College in July 1973 and, in 1975, he succeeded Arlo Schilling to become the eighth President of North Central College. President Swing responded to the financial crisis of the 1970s by expanding the College’s curricular structure to include adult education. The Center for Continuing Education opened in 1976 on the former Seminary campus, and Evening and Weekend College was established to respond to the needs of degree-seeking adults. The introduction of graduate programs in computer science and business administration was also targeted to engage an adult student base. Expansion of these programs to two off-campus sites in St. Charles and Schaumburg allowed more access by non traditional adult students.
A capital campaign was started in 1982 for the 125th anniversary of the College which led to the renovation and renaming of several campus buildings including Oesterle Library, Harold and Eva White Activities Center and the Kroehler Science Center. Long vacant Carnegie Hall was completely overhauled as a new home for computer science and information technology infrastructure.
The North Central College athletics program gained national attention during President Swing’s tenure. In 1983, the women’s basketball team won the NCAA Division III national championships. In 1975, under the guidance of legendary running coach Al Carius, the men’s cross country team won its first team national championship. Since then, the men’s cross country and track and field teams have produced 20 team national champions.