What began in the spring as an intended yearlong search for the next College of Lake County president may be completed before the end of 2017.
A 19-member presidential advisory search committee of CLC staff, community members and an academic search consulting firm, believes it could have a new president chosen by late November.
The committee last week hosted nine constituency group meetings at the school's campuses in Grayslake, Waukegan and Vernon Hills. Julia Guiney, CLC's executive director of human resources, said the meetings gave committee members a chance to learn what characteristics and qualities the community wants in the college's next president.
Guiney, who serves as an adviser to the search committee, said they could begin accepting applications by the end of next week. Applications likely will be due by Oct. 2, then the search committee will narrow the field to three to five finalists, she said.
The finalists would be interviewed by the board of trustees as well as community stakeholder groups in mid-November, and the board could approve a hire at its Nov. 21 meeting.
"It's moving right along," Guiney said.
The initial search timeline, presented to the board in May, called for the next president to be approved in March 2018.
Guiney said Trustee Catherine Finger -- who conducted similar searches to hire principals during her 12 years as superintendent of Grayslake High School District 127 -- was among those who believed the search could progress faster than the timeline suggested.
The next president will replace Jerry Weber, who left in June to take a job at Bellevue College near Seattle. Longtime CLC administrator Richard Haney is serving as interim president. Haney will not be among the candidates to succeed Weber.