INA – The Rend Lake College Foundation Board welcomed Greg Simms as its newest member during a luncheon meeting today at the college.

Simms has been the CEO of Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon for three-and-a-half years.

Born in Atwood, he graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana and worked as a plant manager in the manufacturing industry after college. Later, as a board member for Community Health Systems Hospital in Arkansas, Simms travelled back to Illlinois with the hospital’s CEO and worked for him in Marion. A little more than three years ago, Simms became the CEO of the privately-owned Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

Prior to the RLC Foundation Board approving Simms as a new member, Chairman Hunt Bonan said, “I can firmly attest that Greg has taken a firm hold in Mt. Vernon. We appreciate having you represent your institution.”

“I am very pleased about joining the Board,” Simms said after the meeting. “All of the programs the college offers benefits us as an institution as well as the surrounding communities. To help see the college continue to grow is one of the reasons that I wanted to be a part of the organization.”

Simms’ first meeting as a member of the RLCF Board proved to be an outstanding way for him to take part in the impact its members have on the growth of the college.

A motion by Wayne Asberry to allocate $100,000 to the creation of a childcare center at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon passed unanimously. The Foundation also approved to have RLCF CEO Pat Mitchell initiate a capital campaign to raise funding for the expansion of the Culinary Arts Program at the college. Also, if some of the $100,000 remains after the childcare center – estimated at nearly $74,000 – is complete, it will go toward the Culinary Arts expansion project, according to the Board’s vote.

Bonan said the Board has been looking into adopting one or two projects for the college. The RLCF is responsible for changing the college campus in many ways; including the Aquatics Center, the RLCF Children’s Center and the nearly completed Wall of Fame and Wall of Honor.

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