Our History

Dr. John McCurdy founded North Central Institute in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1988.  A privately-owned institution located directly across from Gate 1 of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Dr. McCurdy retired from the United States Army after 27 years of service and 2 tours in Vietnam. During that time, he earned 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 3 Bronze Star Medals, 32 Air Medals, one with Valor device, and many more meritorious recognitions throughout his tour of duty. He earned his Doctorate of Education from Toledo University.

Dr. McCurdy throughout its 30 plus years of operation, applied his talents and knowledge to the establishment of an institution dedicated to helping members of the Ft. Campbell and Clarksville communities to pursue higher education and professional goals.  Dr. McCurdy established scholarships, promoted sportsmanship throughout the community, donated to and volunteered for local charities and events.  He forged paths of excellence and success for private post-secondary schools in Tennessee and encouraged others to participate and continue the spirit of involvement and improvement for our local schools and businesses. The impact of such an influential figure in our community is immeasurable.  Dr. McCurdy’s actions resonate throughout the world, as each NCI graduate pursues a career in aviation maintenance.