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Heartland Community College Picks President From Wisconsin

Keith Cornille
Heartland Community College

The new Heartland Community College president will be Keith Cornille.

Cornille is currently executive vice president and head of student services at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin.

Cornille said the Heartland job in Normal is a very attractive one.

"The strength of the community, the support of the community for education and higher education in particular, the institution itself, its financial stability, its faculty and staff and their reputation and the strength of their programs all seem to be real pluses," said Cornille.

He also said his collaborative leadership style appears a good fit for the teamwork and shared mission he has seen in the Heartland culture.

Cornille will replace the retiring Rob Widmer this summer. Cornille's salary will be $220,000, slightly less than the total compensation for Widmer.

The Heartland board will meet next week to vote on the decision.

Heartland Board President Gregg Chadwick said Cornille emerged from a strong field of finalists.

"He has done a lot of work around student support services and Keith has also been very involved some fundraising and grant-funded activities in Madison. We know that the funding models in higher education are changing constantly," said Chadwick.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.