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NORMAL — The search for the next president of Heartland Community College is moving forward with an advertisement and position profile posted for the position.

The ad for the successor to Rob Widmer has been posted by Academic Search, the firm assisting Heartland with the hiring process. Widmer announced in September that he will be retiring, effective June 30.

The ad and other information about the position and the school can be found at

No salary was listed for the position, but Widmer's current salary is $210,345. He has been president since June 2013 and has worked at Heartland for more than 20 years.

Applications must be received by Jan. 16 to be guaranteed full consideration, according to the ad. Within a few weeks after that date, the search committee is expected to narrow the field of candidates, according to Heartland spokesman Tim Bill.

However, it still expects candidates to have some “experience in higher education, including in the classroom, and an understanding of the issues facing community colleges today.”

Other qualifications listed are an advanced degree and demonstrated financial skills, including budget management and revenue enhancement.

“The next president should be an inclusive, empowering leader, inspiring trust, fostering the culture of open communication, yet able to make difficult decisions in the best interest of the college,” the ad states.

The college also wants someone with experience as the visible, public representative of a large organization.

Jerry Israel, a senior consultant with Academic Search, said previously that he expects the position to attract 40 to 80 applicants. No applicant names will be made public until the field is narrowed to three or four finalists, probably in March, he said.

Anyone who wants to have a confidential discussion about the position can contact Israel at

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