Ian Crone leaves EC, accepts position at NIU

(Photo by Stefan Carlson)

After 11 years as the director of the Frick Center, this past June Ian Crone accepted a new position as director of the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University (NIU). His last day at Elmhurst College was Friday, July 15.

Crone expressed excitement for his new position, which he said is in line with his career aspirations.

“I’m very much a proponent of a college union idea so I’m excited to join the community at NIU and help them make their student center a place where students can get involved and have wonderful experiences,” he said.

The Holmes Student Center (HSC) at NIU is similar to the Frick Center at EC in that it serves as a central hub of the campus. According to Crone, it boasts a 78-room hotel, several dining venues, a bookstore, and bowling lanes, among other amenities. Additionally, the HSC will be undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation over the course of the next few years to further improve the student experience.

“My understanding is that NIU really wants to elevate the capacity of the Holmes Student Center to serve students, so I really want to help ensure that their experiences within the facility are meaningful and developmental,” Crone said. “I want them to feel like they belong and like they’re a part of the community.”

At a farewell reception held in his honor on Monday, July 11 in the Bryan Room of the Frick Center, Crone admitted he will miss the student community at EC.

“It’s really bittersweet because Elmhurst is a wonderful community and I’ve had so many great adventures here,” he said. “It’s been such a privilege to partner with student leaders and do great things.”

At the reception, Elizabeth Doyle, director of student activities at EC, described Crone as a “role model and champion” who “always has something positive to offer” to the community.

Echoing Doyle’s remarks, junior Emma Kaminski described Crone as an approachable, enthusiastic person to work with and said his door was “always open to answer questions.”

Interim Dean of Students Christine Smith agreed with Kaminski’s sentiments. In her farewell address to Crone, Smith reminded him that although NIU was receiving “a fabulous person,” he “will forever be a Bluejay.” In keeping with that notion, Crone encourages students at EC to continue to stay in touch with him.

“I look forward to hearing about all the good things that are taking place and about how everyone has continued to be successful,” he said.

Crone’s new email address is icrone@niu.edu.