Parkland President Exley stable after having heart attack

Parkland President Exley stable after having heart attack

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College President Robert Exley had a heart attack Wednesday during a fundraising basketball game and is hospitalized in intensive care.

In an update today on his condition, Nancy Willamon, his assistant, said he remains in intensive care today but will likely be moved out Friday and dismissed from the hospital Saturday.

"He said he is doing very, very well and is looking forward to getting back to work," Willamon said in an e-mail to Parkland board members.

An e-mail sent Wednesday to Parkland employees said he was in stable condition after an angioplasty and a stent implant. The memo from Willamon said he was in good spirits and resting comfortably.

"I'm at the hospital, I've spoken to him and he's in good spirits, looking forward to his wife's arrival," said board Chairman Lin Warfel of Tolono late Wednesday. "There are some serious questions he's going to have to address tomorrow but he's in a good place getting good care, and the problems are something that can be addressed. And things are organized so they can go right on at Parkland."

Exley, 51, was participating in a student-faculty basketball game to raise money to send students to New Orleans to build Habitat for Humanity homes when he became ill. Observers said he slipped out of the game, emergency workers were called immediately, and they took him to Carle Foundation Hospital.

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