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Illinois College names alumnus Siltman chief financial officer


Kent J. Siltman ’81 will join Illinois College as the vice president of business affairs and chief financial officer on May 4.

After a widespread search by the College, President Barbara A. Farley announced the selection of Siltman on Wednesday. Farley said in a message to the campus community that Siltman will provide visionary and strategic leadership to drive the College’s long-term financial sustainability. 

“I am confident that Kent will be a valuable addition to our leadership team,” Farley added. 

Siltman will work collaboratively with the Illinois College Board of Trustees, serve on the president’s cabinet and hold the role of treasurer of the College. He will manage all banking, insurance, investment and business contracts of the College and represent Illinois College in local and regional business community organizations. 

“I am excited at the opportunity to serve the institution that put me on the path of lifelong learning,” Siltman said. “I look forward to working with President Farley, the Board of Trustees, and the entire staff of the college to support the great work that IC is doing and to help to make it an even better institution.” 

Siltman graduated from IC with a degree in business administration and economics and earned his MBA from Bradley University. He has spent his entire career working in finance, most recently serving as CFO for Bound to Stay Bound Books in Jacksonville. 

Siltman brings extensive knowledge in all facets of financial management including accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, investments, cash flow management, as well as forecasting and modeling. He is also experienced at managing staff and overseeing facilities and day-to-day operations from an economic perspective. 

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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