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Jon Astroth selected as 20th president of Lincoln College

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[May 04, 2010]  The Lincoln College board of trustees has announced that Dr. Jon Astroth will become the 20th president of the institution. He will take over leadership of the college and its two central Illinois campuses effective Aug. 16.

He replaces Dr. John Hutchinson, who announced in February his intention to retire as president of Lincoln College.

Astroth has been president of Heartland Community College since 1991.

When announcing Astroth's appointment as Lincoln College president, John Blackburn, chair of the board of trustees, said: "The trustees were thrilled to find the perfect candidate for the presidency so close to home. The role of president is critical to the ongoing success of an institution. Dr. Astroth's leadership experience and local relationships make him a perfect fit. We are very confident in his ability to lead us into the future."


Astroth previously was president of Rend Lake College. Over a 34-year career in academia, he has worked in a variety of capacities at five different Illinois community colleges. In addition, he has served on numerous state and national boards related to higher education and was named a visiting professor to Northeast Normal University in Changchun, Jilin, China. He earned a Ph.D. in educational administration at Illinois State University.

Astroth said: "I am deeply honored. I was already familiar with Lincoln College and its reputation for both innovative programs and commitment to the academic success of its students. It is a rare opportunity to take the helm at a historic institution such as this. I am delighted to be given the chance to build on that history.

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"My goal is to honor the rich traditions, while continuing to grow the institution as it works to meet the needs of the students, alumni, faculty and the surrounding communities."

The college board of trustees will begin a national search for the 21st president during the 2010-11 academic year.

A private, liberal arts institution, Lincoln College was founded in 1865 as Lincoln University. It is the only college or university to be named for President Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime. The college expanded to the Bloomington-Normal area in 1979.

[Text from file received from Lincoln College]


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