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Barton Community College Board of Trustees approves presidential search timeline

Kirkman building on the Barton County campus

September 27, 2023
Story by Maggie Harris

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved the timeline for the upcoming presidential search during the board meeting Sept. 26. This follows the retirement announcement from President Dr. Carl Heilman during the College’s Board of Trustees September study session.

The College will begin accepting applications on Oct. 1 with a closing date of Nov. 10. Following the review of applications, the search committee, to be led by Chairman of the Board Mike Johnson, will begin hosting interviews in December.

Once the finalists are identified, on-campus visits will be arranged in February for final meetings with the search committee, faculty and staff, and the public. The Board hopes to conclude the search at the February board meeting with the final approval of the search committee’s selection.

Other members of the search committee include Board member and secretary John Moshier, Barton Vice President of Administration Mark Dean as the vice chair, along with several community members and various Barton staff and faculty.

Heilman has served as the College’s fifth president for over 17 years, beginning his tenure in July of 2006. Heilman will retire effective June 30, 2024.

For more information on the search process, visit