PEORIA — The list of candidates for president at Illinois Central College is down to four.
The college announced the finalists Monday morning, having narrowed the group down from an initial field of more than 50.
Finalists are Jackie Elliott, president of North Arkansas College in Harrison, Ark.; Karin Hilgersom, president of SUNY Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y.; Sheila Quirk-Bailey, the chief of staff and vice president of planning and institutional effectiveness at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine; and Tim Wynes, president of both Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn.
A final decision is expected on a hire during the month of April, school officials said in a news release, with the president beginning work by the start of the fall semester. The position has been filled on an interim basis since longtime President John Erwin announced his retirement in May 2015.
ICC will host open forums with each candidate the week of March 28. All will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Tranquility Room on the East Peoria campus. Elliott's will be March 28; Quirk-Bailey's will be March 29; Wynes' will be March 30; Hilgersom's will be March 31.
Attendees will be served a light lunch, so RSVPs are requested.
Closed forums will also be held for students, faculty and staff.
A search committee of 19 members, made up of members of the school's board of trustees as well as representatives of the school's faculty, staff and student body, and members of the community, winnowed the field from the initial 50-plus applicants to a group of 12 before interviews began. Those interviews narrowed the list to the four finalists.
Additional biographical information on the candidates is available through the college.