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Heartland Mourns the Passing of Board of Trustees Chair Gregg Chadwick

September 10, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Heartland Community College Board of Trustees Chair and Illinois Community College Trustees Association President Gregg Chadwick.

“The loss of Gregg is something that we feel deeply here in our Heartland family,” said Heartland Community College President Keith Cornille. “Heartland would not be the place it is today without Gregg’s prudent leadership and collaborative partnerships with the rest of the Board and with our administration. Gregg’s impact on the College and on our community during his 18 year tenure on the Board, which includes 11 years as Board Chair, is something that has and will continue to enrich lives.”

A long-time member of the District 540 Board of Trustees, Chadwick was serving as President of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) for the 2020-2021 academic year. He previously served as ICCTA Treasurer (2009-2010), Chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy Committee (2017-2019), and as Vice President (2019-2020). In July, he was awarded the 2020 Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award for exemplary service.

“We are deeply saddened by Gregg’s passing,” said ICCTA vice president Jon Looney of Black Hawk College. “The Illinois community college system, the Trustees Association, and most certainly Heartland Community College were very fortunate to have him in leadership. Gregg was a quiet, steady and kind leader. Moreover, he was our friend. Our thoughts go out to his family, loved ones, and the entire Heartland community. We are better because we have known him, and will strive to carry on by his example.” 

Chadwick had been COO of the Normal, IL non-profit organization Marcfirst since July of 2018. Prior to joining Marcfirst he had served in executive positions with Decatur Memorial Hospital, the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Premier Medical Group. He also was a certified Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Chadwick’s other volunteer work includes serving as an Advisory Board member for the Multicultural Leadership Program and as a Member of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Mr. Chadwick is survived by his wife Robyn and his children Hallie, Avery and Ben.

Written by: Steve Fast