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The East Central College board of trustees approved the purchase of 40 computers for a student instructional lab, as well as tables and chairs for classrooms at a special meeting held Thursday, July 19.  Two new faculty members and six professional staff appointments were also authorized at that meeting.


Several classrooms in the Auditorium/Classroom Building have been remodeled over the summer to accommodate new programs in Health Information Management and Medical Assistant on the Union campus.  One classroom will be used as an instructional computer lab for the accounting, English and mathematics departments.  The former drafting classroom has been converted to general classroom space and an office on the lower level of the building has been converted to two additional music practice rooms.


Purchase price for the 40 computer stations from Dell totaled $29,780.40 and will be paid from student technology fees.  $16,231.30 in institutional funds will be paid to KI Furniture for the new classroom furniture.  



Personnel Appointments


The appointment of several new faculty and staff members was also approved by college trustees at the meeting.


Two full-time instructors were hired.  Kristen Oates will teach psychology and sociology at ECC’s Rolla location.  Oates earned her bachelor's degree from Augustana College in Rockford, IL.  She obtained a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Western Illinois University in Macomb. 


Previous teaching experience includes serving as adjunct instructor at New Mexico State University and most recently as full-time psychology instructor at Potomac State College of West Virginia University.



Dr. Nanette Sayles was hired as associate professor for the health information management program.  She will teach many of the online classes associated with that program which is funded through the MOHealthWINs grant.



Sayles attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she earned a bachelor’s degree in medical record administration and master’s degrees in health information management and public administration.  She went on to complete a doctor of education degree at the University of Georgia.  For the past 14 years Sayles has taught at Macon State College in Georgia where she was also responsible for administrative functions in the HIM department.



The new associate director of library services is Sheila Driemeyer.  She comes to ECC from the Parkway School District in St. Louis where she was a library system support specialist.  She has also taught college level classes in library science and information services on a part-time basis.



Driemeyer obtained a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University in Springfield and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.



Ryan Crider was hired for the new position as coordinator of developmental studies.  Since 2010 Crider has been an English instructor at South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette.  He has eight additional years of previous teaching experience in Louisiana and Missouri. 



He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at Missouri State University.  He is currently pursuing a doctorate in English at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. 



Crider’s position will be funded through the MOHealthWINs and Graduate! St. Louis grants.



College trustees also approved the appointment of Maggie Hotz as health careers outreach coordinator.  She has worked for Express Scripts, Inc. for the past eight years.  Hotz attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in biological science.  Her position is funded through the MOHealthWINs grant and she will work at ECC’s satellite facility in Washington.      



Lora Warner will serve as the new retention/career services specialist at ECC in Sullivan.  For the past four years Warner was the career development coordinator at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, NY.  After earning bachelor of arts degrees in psychology and anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she went on to obtain a master’s degree in college student personnel at Miami University in Ohio.  The Graduate! St. Louis grant will fund the position.



Tracie Welsh, an ECC employee in the instructional division since 2005, was promoted to the position of academic services coordinator.  Welsh graduated from ECC with an associate degree and transferred to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice. 



Another current employee, Drew Guenther, was promoted to custodial supervisor at the Union campus.  He has been a member of the custodial staff since 2009.



Update on Search for VP of Finance and Administration



At the meeting college president Jon Bauer updated trustees on the status of the search for his replacement as vice president of finance and administration.



“We have four interviews scheduled on campus over the next week,” Bauer stated.  “All of the candidates have experience in higher education.”   



Bauer noted that the job qualifications were adjusted after the initial posting of the vacancy which resulted in several new candidates.  The search committee and administrators want to take the time to find the right person for the job.



Bauer has continued to fulfill the duties of vice president of finance and college president in the interim.



The next regularly scheduled meeting of the ECC board is set for Monday, August 27, in conjunction with the public hearing on the proposed 2012 tax rates for the college district.     

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