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NORMAL — The public will have an opportunity at noon Friday to provide input on the selection of a new Heartland Community College president.

The hour-long session will be in room 2210 of the Astroth Community Education Center. Jerry Israel of Academic Search, the firm hired to help with the search process, will facilitate the meeting.

Community members will be able to provide their opinions on what qualifications, experience and characteristics the next president should have.

Israel also will meet with the board of trustees, faculty and staff.

The board will have a special meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday in the Community Commons Building. Spokesman Tim Bill said the majority of the board meeting is expected to be public.

Widmer, 64, is retiring, effective June 30. He has been at the college for more than 20 years and president since June 2013. His current salary is $210,345.

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee is being chaired by Jeff Flessner, vice chairman of the board of trustees. Flessner was elected to the board in April 2013.

According to a timeline released by the college, recruiting of candidates for the position will take place from mid-November until early January, with interviews of semifinalists in February. Finalists will be interviewed in March, with a public announcement of the new president occurring in April or May.

The next president will be the fourth since the college was founded 26 years ago. Jon Astroth served from the school's founding until July 2010. He was followed by Allen Goben.

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