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Heartland hires Keith Cornille as next President

April 11, 2018

The Heartland Community College Board of Trustees has chosen Keith Cornille, Ed.D., to be the fourth president in the history of the school.

Dr. Cornille is currently Executive Vice President/Chief Student Services Officer at Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wis., where he has served in senior leadership positions since 2006.

"The Board is confident that Keith Cornille is the right person to lead us into the future and, with him as our president, the people and programs at Heartland will continue to have enormous positive impact on the residents of our district,” said Board Chairman Gregg Chadwick. “His extensive background in community college leadership and his personal style will be a great complement to the existing strengths at Heartland."

As Executive Vice President at Madison College, Cornille set the direction and oversight of student services for the institution’s four regional campuses and two metro campus locations. He comes to Heartland with 32 years of experience in higher education, including an 18 year tenure at Madison College.

“Heartland is an outstanding institution in a thriving community,” said Cornille. “The recently adopted Strategic Plan developed with input from throughout the college and community is an excellent framework to guide our future growth. The current conversations with the business sector will help us further understand the college’s program mix to meet the current and future workforce needs of the communities we serve.”

An Illinois native who grew up in Glen Ellyn, Dr. Cornille has family ties to Central Illinois.

“I had come to know the area during the time when my sister worked at and my brother attended, Illinois Wesleyan University, and always appreciated the community’s warmth and commitment to education,” said Cornille. “Twenty years ago my parents moved to Central Illinois, Mt. Zion, not far from my sister in Decatur and over the past couple of decades we have come to experience all that Central Illinois has to offer.  My wife, Falicia, and I are excited to become a part of the greater Bloomington/Normal community and making it our home.”

The Board of Trustees will vote on a contract for Cornille during their April 17 meeting to be held on the Normal campus.

Cornille will succeed Rob Widmer, who will retire from the position of president on June 30, 2018. Widmer announced his retirement last year after serving more than 20 years at the college and serving as president since June of 2013.

Pending the contract approval, Cornille is expected to take office in July of 2018.

Written by: Steve Fast