College of Lake County board close to picking new president

  • Amit B. Singh

    Amit B. Singh

  • Cliff Davis

    Cliff Davis

  • J. Michael Thomson

    J. Michael Thomson

  • Lori Suddick

    Lori Suddick

  • Keith Cornille

    Keith Cornille

Updated 11/22/2017 4:52 PM

After months of searching, the College of Lake County board of trustees may be ready to offer the college's top job to one of the five final candidates next week.

Board chairman Richard Anderson said the board is studying the decision.


"I think any one of them could be a college president," Anderson said. "It's just about finding who has the right fit for CLC."

The five finalists, who were named Nov. 7, are leaders at Midwestern community colleges and have been through somewhat of an interview gauntlet in the last month.

During the week of Nov. 13, each candidate met the CLC community at a series of community forums at the three CLC campuses.

Last week, the candidates met with the board of trustees for formal interviews in the afternoon. After each interview, board members took the candidate and their significant other to dinner for a more informal chat, something Anderson said is a CLC tradition.

Tuesday night, the CLC board reviewed feedback on the candidates gathered from the community forums and discussed their opinions.

The board has narrowed the number of candidates being considered, Anderson said, but he wouldn't say more until the selection is announced.

The finalists are: Keith Cornille, executive vice president/chief student services officer at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin; Lori Suddick, vice president of learning and chief academic officer for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wisconsin; J. Michael Thomson, eastern campus president of Cuyahoga Community College in northeast Ohio; Cliff Davis, president of the Ozarks Technical Community College's OTC Table Rock Campus in Springfield, Missouri; and Amit B. Singh, the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio.

Depending on who is selected, CLC's next president could start between Jan. 1 and July 1, 2018. Interim President Rich Haney has agreed to stay on through June.

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