Illinois Central College is a step closer to announcing a new president.
The college announced the final four candidates Monday.
ICC launched an extensive nationwide search that netted more than 50 applicants. The Search Committee, a diverse group of 19 individuals from the college’s Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and the community, narrowed down the applicant pool to 12 semi-finalists with assistance from a search firm. After intensive interviews, the Search Committee recommended the following four finalists for the position of president:
Dr. Jackie Elliott-Current president of North Arkansas College in Harrison, AR.
Dr. Karin Hilgersom-Current president of SUNY Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, NY.
Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey-Current chief of staff/vice president of planning and institutional effectiveness at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, IL.
Dr. Tim Wynes-Current president of Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN and Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, MN.
Additional information on each of the candidates, including photos and biographies, is available online HERE.
ICC will host a separate open forum for each candidate the week of March 28 giving the public an opportunity to meet the candidates and ask questions.
The public forums are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., in the Tranquility Room on the ICC East Peoria Campus on the following dates:
Dr. Elliott: Monday, March 28.
Dr. Quirk-Bailey: Tuesday, March 29.
Dr. Wynes: Wednesday, March 30.
Dr. Hilgersom: Thursday, March 31.
While not required, RSVPs are being requested to help ICC provide adequate seating. A light lunch will be served. Participants may RSVP by clicking HERE.
The college’s Board of Trustees will also be interviewing each candidate the week of March 28. It also will consider further due diligence and the feedback it gathers from employees, students, and the community during the forum sessions in making its final decision, which is expected sometime in April.
The ICC Board hopes to have the new president in place by June or July, in time for the fall 2016 semester.