Cabinet of the President


Vice President for Academic Services

Jon Althaus provides leadership and vision for all academic programs and services. He administers and supervises all academic operations of the college, including strategic planning, development, administration, supervision and evaluation for academic programs and personnel.

For more than 24 years, Althaus served as an agriculture instructor and livestock judging team coach, and most recently as division chair of the agriculture division. During his tenure, he coached 25 championship livestock judging teams, including four national titles, and has grown Lake Land College Agriculture Division enrollments through networking with prospective students, instructors and industry leaders from throughout the Midwest.

Althaus attended Illinois Central College in East Peoria and has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in animal science from Western Kentucky University. He assumed the vice president role in 2016.


Vice President for Student Services

Beth Gerl leads a comprehensive student services program including admissions and records, financial aid and veteran services, counseling services, student conduct and judicial affairs, career services, health services, international student services, student life, intercollegiate athletics, intramural, TRiO programs, tutoring and testing, and marketing and public relations.

Gerl served as the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, prior to coming to Lake Land College in 2019 as the vice president for student services.

Gerl has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in counseling/higher education from Illinois State University.


Senior Executive to the President

Jean Anne Grunloh provides leadership in legislative relations, strategic planning, institutional research and campus police and manages special projects. She acts as a liaison between the office of the president and the board of trustees and the public, students, staff, state agencies, and elected officials.

Prior to joining Lake Land College in 2014, Grunloh served as the executive director of East Central Illinois Development Corporation (ECIDC), an 11-county, regional economic development group. Prior to consulting for ECIDC, Grunloh owned and operated Friends Home Care, a business she created and grew to employ 25 people.

Grunloh has a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Indiana State University.

Hull portraitDR. JIM HULL
Vice President for Workforce Solutions and Community Education

jhull17327@lakelandcollege.eduDr. Jim Hull works with private and government entities to develop new educational partnerships and programs. In addition to cultivating new opportunities, Hull oversees the Center for Business & Industry, Adult Education, correctional education, Community and Professional Development, Illinois Department of Transportation Quality Management Training Program and the Local Workforce Innovation Area 23 (LWIA).

Prior to assuming his new office in 2016, Hull served as the vice president for academic services at Lake Land College for eight years. He previously was the vice president for academic services at Rend Lake College, was a visiting professor of workforce education and development at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and was the dean of technology/corrections at Southeastern Illinois College, among other positions.

Hull has an associate degree in business management from Southeastern Illinois College, a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a doctorate in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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