Faculty at Spoon River College say they are "frustrated and disappointed" about contract talks with the community college’s administration. Teachers have been working without a contract since their previous six-year deal expired in mid-August.
A person who graduated from Spoon River College and later worked at the school will serve as its eighth president.
Curtis Oldfield was introduced to the public during news conferences at the Canton, Macomb, and Rushville campuses. He will take office July 1.
"He brings (to SRC) experience in working to serve a diverse range of students seeking college transfer preparation, workforce training, and career enhancement," said Gayle Strode Blodgett, Chair of the SRC Board of Trustees.
Spoon River College has narrowed its presidential search to six finalists.
Their names are not being released yet. SRC said it wants to "protect the privacy and confidentiality of each person."
However, their identities will soon become known. The school said the finalists are scheduled to meet with the public during forums on the Canton and Macomb campuses on Wednesday, February 29; Monday March 5; Monday, March 19; Wednesday March 21; Monday March 26; and Wednesday March 28. The forums are scheduled to begin at 8:30am and 2:00pm.