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East Central College trustees dealt with a number of personnel matters at their August 25 meeting.
 
The new executive director of the Center for Workforce Development is Mardy Leathers.  He has been the county clerk in Crawford County for the past four years, and is also founder/principal of ICS Advisors.  Leathers is founder and president of Cuba Development Group and from 2005 to 2010 served as executive vice president of Westwind CDL Training Center.  After attaining his bachelor’s degree in political science from Southeast Missouri State University, Leathers went on to William Woods University to obtain a master’s degree in business administration.
 
Alice Whalen will serve as the new director of Adult Education and Literacy, replacing Micki Hoffman who retired earlier this month.  Whalen has taught adult education classes for ECC for the past five years.  She was development specialist for the ECC Foundation for eight years prior to resigning from that position last fall.  Whalen received a bachelor’s degree in management and communication from Concordia University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
 
Casey Reid was hired as director of developmental education programs.  Since 2004 she has been employed at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City where she taught English.  She also coordinated college orientation for two years.  Her previous work experience includes serving as an adjunct English instructor at Johnson County Community College.  Reid is a graduate of Missouri State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and professional writing and a master’s degree in writing.
 
Jon Thrower was promoted to the position of associate director of the Learning Center.   Thrower has been employed with ECC since 2008 as a specialist in the Learning Center and adjunct English instructor.  He previously taught English on a part-time basis at Lewis and Clark Community College and Southeast Missouri State University.  Thrower earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at Southeast Missouri State University.   
 
Employment of part-time instructors for the 2014 fall semester was also approved.
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