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NORMAL — A top administrator from Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin was announced Thursday as the last of four finalists for president of Heartland Community College.

Keith Cornille has been executive vice president/chief student services officer at the Madison school since July 2016. He has worked at MATC in various administrative capacities since August 2000.

Cornille will visit the Heartland campus Monday and Tuesday, meeting with faculty, students, staff and others. A public forum for alumni and community members will be from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday in Room 2210 of the Astroth Community Education Center on the Normal campus.

Cornille and three other finalists are seeking the position currently held by President Rob Widmer, who will retire June 30. About 50 people applied for the job.

In his current position, Cornille is responsible for student development and success and leadership at four regional campuses and two metro campuses. The college, which started as a trade school in 1912, offers both technical/vocational courses and associate's degree/college transfer courses.

As executive vice president, Cornille is responsible for administering a budget with operational expenditures of more than $15 million and capital equipment allocations of more than $4 million annually, he states in his resume.

Cornille has been a finalist in several presidential searches, including the College of Lake County in Grayslake and Lakeshore Technical College in Wisconsin in 2017.

He has a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Edgewood College, Madison. He also has a master's degree in educational administration from Northeastern Illinois University, a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and an associate's degree from the College of DuPage.

The other finalists for the position are Doug Minter, Heartland's vice president of business services; Melinda Tejada, vice president of student development, Waubonsee Community College; and Sherry Jones, chief operating officer, Technology Brands Division of GameStop.

Follow Lenore Sobota on Twitter: @pg_sobota


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