NORMAL — The Heartland Community College board of trustees will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss presidential search finalists.
Although the meeting will convene in public, with time available for public comment, the board will go into in closed session for its discussion of the finalists and no public action is planned. The meeting will be in Room 2012 of the Community Commons Building on the campus on Raab Road in Normal.
Four finalists each spent two days in meetings, both public and private, in late February and early March. Feedback from those meetings with faculty, staff, students, board members and the community has been compiled for the board, said Heartland spokesman Steve Fast.
Board Chairman Gregg Chadwick said last week the special meeting will be a time to review the feedback and “see if the board is going in one direction” and, if so, “then we can start negotiating."
How long the process takes will depend, in part, on whether an internal candidate or someone from another institution is selected. The next regularly scheduled meeting is at 6 p.m. March 20 at 2201 Woodlawn Road, Lincoln.
Heartland officials want the new president in place by July. Current President Rob Widmer is retiring June 30 after more than 20 years at the college, serving as president since June 2013. The person selected will be the fourth president in the history of Heartland, which began offering classes in fall 1991.
Chadwick said, “We have four very different candidates that all bring something that would be good for the college.”
The four finalists are: Doug Minter, Heartland's vice president of business services; Melinda Tejada, vice president of student development, Waubonsee Community College; Sherry Jones, chief operating officer, Technology Brands Division of GameStop; and Keith Cornille, executive vice president/chief student services officer, Madison Area Technical College.
Academic Search, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, assisted with the search, which attracted about 50 candidates.