MATTOON -- Lisa Cole of Toledo has been hired to fill the new director of data analytics position at Lake Land College.

The Lake Land Board of Trustees voted during its meeting Monday night to appoint Cole to this new position. She is currently employed as a computer programmer/programmer analyst with the college. Cole received a bachelor's from Eastern Illinois University and a master's in management information systems at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

One of the goals in Lake Land's strategic plan for 2019-2021 was to create a director position to oversee the planning, implementation and operation of the college's data analytics initiative.

In other matters, the board hired Howell Paving of Mattoon for $222,101 to construct new parking lot islands, to replace the islands in parking lots A and F and the alignment adjustment of Podesta Drive. Howell was the lowest of three bidders for this project.

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Other actions taken by the board included:

-- Hiring Hyfn Local/WTWO/WCIA to provide digital marketing services from July 1 to Dec. 31 at various rates for different services.

-- Accepting the $52,713 bid of Specialty Print Communications of Niles for the printing and mail preparation of the 2019 summer and fall and 2020 spring college magazine.

-- Accepting the donation of furnaces and central air conditioning equipment valued at $37,091 from Connor Co. of Mattoon to the Lake Land College Foundation for educational purposes in the Technology Division.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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