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NORMAL — Heartland Community College's vice president of business services has been named as the second finalist for president of the college.

Doug Minter, who has been in his current post since 2014, will take part in a community and alumni public forum from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday in Room 2210 of the Astroth Community Education Center on the Normal campus.

In addition, Minter will meet with Heartland faculty, staff and students for interviews and forums Monday and Tuesday.

Minter became vice president of business services after Rob Widmer left that position to become Heartland's president. Widmer is retiring June 30. Minter has been at Heartland since 1991, starting as an adjunct faculty member in the technology area.

As vice president of business services, Minter has coordinated the development of the annual operational budget and multiyear strategic budget. He also saved the district more than $7 million in interest expenses through a debt refinancing initiative and increased the college's operating fund balances above longstanding targets.

He was director/dean of information technology services from 1997 to 2006 and chief information officer from 2006 to 2014.

Minter also served as vice president of the American College of Technology, a private vocational and technical college in Bloomington, from 1985 to 1994.

He has a bachelor's degree in industrial technology and a master of business administration degree, both from Illinois State University.

There are four finalists for the presidency. The only other candidate whose name has been disclosed is Melinda Tejada, vice president of student development at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

The other two finalists will have meetings on campus March 1-2 and March 5-6.

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