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Diel-Hunt named Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services

February 19, 2019

Heartland Community College has called upon a familiar face to oversee enrollment and student support functions.

The Board of Trustees has approved the move of Dr. Sarah Diel-Hunt from her current position of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs into the newly-created positon of Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services.

The move is a part of a realignment for the college that centralizes instruction under one division and moves the scope of responsibility for enrollment and student services into a separate division.

As V.P. of Enrollment and Student Support Services, Diel-Hunt will direct enrollment service functions such as admissions, financial aid, testing and records as well as athletic and fitness operations, international student support, counseling, secondary education partnerships and student access.

Previously, responsibility for oversight of Student Services were under the scope of Academic Affairs. In this new alignment Diel-Hunt will direct a Strategic Enrollment Management process for the College to help expand support for current and prospective students.

“This realignment of functions reinforces our commitment of making affordable education accessible for all individuals in our community,” said Heartland President Keith Cornille. “Aligning academic programs under one area will help with a consistency of instruction and also enhance innovation, leading to new academic offerings to meet the current and future workforce.”

The Academic Affairs division, under Vice President Rick Pearce, will take on the additional oversight of Adult Education as well as Work Ready programs such as Phlebotomy, Dental Assisting, Truck Driving and Medical Assistant.

Another purpose of the realignment is to improve Heartland’s responsiveness to community needs.

Kelli Hill, under the new title of Vice President for External Relations, will take on the oversight of additional outreach responsibilities. Hill will oversee the regional centers in Lincoln and Pontiac and work with Economic Development Councils, WIOA-CareerLink programs, and Business and Industry partners in order to provide a single point of contact within the College.

Written by: Steve Fast