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NORMAL — The chief operating officer of the Technology Brands division of GameStop has been announced as the third finalist for Heartland Community College president.

Sherry Jones has been in her current position in Salt Lake City since August 2016 and has a background in rapid-growth companies. She also was group president for education services for Xerox before going to GameStop and led the startup of a new university in Australia while she was managing director of GLC Solutions from 2011-2014.

She will take part in a public forum from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2210 of the Astroth Community Education Center on the Normal campus. She also will have meetings and interviews with students, faculty, staff and others Thursday and Friday.

While serving as executive director of Beam Reach Education from 2009 to 2011, she oversaw a $3 million facility renovation and launched a solar technician training program.

Her academic experience also includes serving as vice president of operations and dean of Independence University, a Salt Lake City-based, nonprofit online institution, from 2004 to 2009.

Jones has a bachelor's degree in medical laboratory science and a professional master of science and technology degree, both from the University of Utah.

The last of four finalists is expected to be made public Thursday.

Heartland's current president, Rob Widmer, is retiring June 30.

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