Widmer to serve as interim president at Heartland Community College
June 24, 2013, The Heartland Community College board of trustees voted unanimously in a special meeting this morning to appoint Robert D. Widmer as the College’s interim president.
Widmer is a longtime member of Heartland’s executive leadership team, having served as Vice President of Business Services and Treasurer since 1996.
“The board is excited about the leadership Mr. Widmer will bring to Heartland Community College,” said Gregg Chadwick, board chair. “His service to the College has helped Heartland enhance its facilities, and his tenure provides stability for Heartland’s faculty, staff and students. Mr. Widmer is highly respected on campus, in our Heartland community, and in the community college world. We could not be more pleased with that combination.”
Widmer is extremely familiar with community college operations nationally and throughout Illinois, having previously served as vice president for Business and Financial Affairs at Joliet Junior College (1994-96), as well as with the Illinois Community College Board (1985-94), where he advanced from associate director to deputy director for Fiscal Affairs. He also has held a variety of roles at Lincoln College (1977-85), including assistant professor of economics, director of Arts and Sciences and as associate dean of Academic Affairs.
Widmer possesses bachelor’s (1975) and master’s (1976) degrees in Economics from Western Illinois University. He pursued doctoral course work at the University of Illinois at Springfield (1988) and at Illinois State University (1993-94). Additionally, he was a member of the American Association of Community College’s 1992 Professional Administrators Development Institute.
Widmer also brings a variety of professional affiliations to his interim presidency, including the Community College Business Officers, the Illinois School District Liquid Asset Fund, the Illinois Association of Community College Chief Financial Officers, and the National Association of Community College Chief Financial Officers, among others.
Widmer’s 17-year tenure at Heartland Community College has included oversight of the Business Service unit including institutional technology, facilities and operations, human resources and the business office. His leadership has been integral to budget development and management, campus master planning, growth of the campus, vital community partnerships and numerous sustainability initiatives.
“I’m humbled by the board’s vote of confidence in appointing me to serve as Heartland Community College’s interim president,” Widmer said. “There are many wonderful people here who are committed to ensuring Heartland’s continued success, and I look forward to working with them to achieve it.”
The board’s vote to position Widmer as the College’s interim president follows the resignation of Dr. Allen Goben, who has accepted a position with Western Governors University Missouri. Dr. Goben joined HCC in June 2010 and was only the second president in the College’s history, following a 19-year tenure by Dr. Jonathan Astroth, Heartland’s founding president.
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