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Prairie State College names two vice presidents

Craig Schmidt  |  Phocourtesy Prairie State College

Craig Schmidt | Photo courtesy of Prairie State College

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Updated: May 7, 2014 6:16AM



Prairie State College recently named two individuals as vice presidents, according to a press release from the Chicago Heights school.

Craig Schmidt was named vice president of community and economic development, and Marie Hansel was named vice president of academic affairs.

Schmidt plans, organizes and implements a comprehensive program of adult, continuing and community education, and contractual training, the release said. He also will provide leadership for developing curricular, scheduling and financial support responses to identified community needs, it said.

Schmidt comes to PSC from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, where he was director, conference services, education and administrative services. Before being named to that post, he served as manager, education and training services; senior manager, education and training services; and then director, education and training services, the release said.

Prior to his work with Blue Cross Blue Shield, he worked at PSC as manager, community instructional center and community services, and then director of the Business and Community Education Center (now Conference Center) and corporate education and training. He also served as a PSC instructor in English as a second language and introduction to computers. Before his first term at PSC, he worked as a general manager of McDonald’s Restaurants of Coles County and district coordinator for Norrell Services, the release said.

Schmidt holds an associate degree in business administration from Lake Land College in Mattoon, a bachelor’s degree in economics from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and an MBA from Governors State University in University Park, the release said.

As vice president of academic affairs, Hansel is the chief academic officer of the college and is responsible for providing executive leadership in the curriculum, instructional and educational services of the college and for promoting the professional development and growth of the faculty.

Hansel provides leadership and administrative direction over academic matters within the college in the divisions of liberal arts, business, mathematics and science, health and industrial technology, library and instructional services and the Student Success Center, the release said.

Hansel has been interim vice president of academic affairs at PSC since 2013. Prior to being named to that position, she was dean of health and industrial technology and director of nursing at PSC since 2010.

Until that time, she was associate professor of nursing and chair/coordinator of health professions.

Prior to coming to PSC, she served as a clinical educator and research nurse with St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Chicago Heights and preceptor for graduate nursing students at Governors State University, Purdue University Calumet Campus, North Park College and Harrisburg School of Enterstomal Therapy, according to the release.

Hansel also served as a staff nurse surgical floor team leader, staff nurse for Adult Oncology/Hematology, ET Nurse/WOCN and oncology clinical nurse specialist nurse navigator at St. James Hospital and Health Centers.

Hansel has an associate’s degree in nursing from PSC, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Governors State University in University Park, a master’s degree in nursing from Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Ind., and a DNP degree from Governors State University.

“We are pleased that these two highly qualified individuals have agreed to accept these positions on our campus,” PSC President Terri Winfree said in the release. “Their expertise in their fields and vast experience in the community college setting will benefit the faculty, staff and students at PSC, as well as everyone in the PSC community.”

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