INA – The Rend Lake College Board of Trustees announced at a special meeting Monday night that Interim President Charley Holstein will remain in position and that the college has suspended its search for a permanent replacement to recently retired President Mark Kern.

“Obviously, I’m going to go with the decision of the Board,” Holstein said.

He added that the decision will offer continuity in the administration; the visit from RLC’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission on Nov. 17-19; and other major projects ongoing at the college.

“This campus abounds with talent, across every spectrum,” he said. “Hopefully, I will continue to bring leadership and management to the team, but it is the faculty and staff who do the hard work every day.”

Holstein has been serving as Interim President since Kern’s retirement went into effect in July. He was hired as the college’s Vice President of Student Services in January and will continue to serve in that capacity while he is Interim President.

When he was named Interim President, he said his goal is to ensure the college stays on its current course. A couple of key items on that course are coming soon for RLC and include hosting the Illinois Community College Board on Sept. 19 and the Higher Learning Commission – the college’s accrediting body – Nov. 17-19.

The 44-year-old retired Army officer holds dual master’s degrees in management and human resources from Webster University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and administration of justice from SIUC.

As Vice President of Student Services, Holstein oversees the Academic Counseling Center, Financial Aid Department, Student Records, Registrar, Learning Resource Center, Special Programs, Child Care Resource and Referral, Security, educational programming at Big Muddy River and Pinckneyville Correctional Centers, the on-campus childcare center and the MarketPlace Early Childhood Center in Mt. Vernon. He also handles student discipline and grievance procedures.

He retired from the Army last year after more than 20 years of service. Holstein lives in Fairfield with his wife, Michelle, and their three children, Emily, Eric and Nathan.

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