ECC Trustees Sworn in at April Board Meeting, Perry Re-Elected Board President

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From left are returning board vice president Prudence Fink Johnson, new board member Ann Hartley, returning board member Don Kappelmann and Jim Perry, president of the board of trustees who administered the oath of office.

Two incumbents and one newly-elected member were sworn into office at the April 9 meeting of the East Central College board of trustees.

Incumbent Prudence Fink Johnson of Union, representing Sub-district Two, was unopposed in the April 3 election in her bid for a fourth term on the board.  In Sub-district One Don Kappelmann of New Haven defeated Joseph Stroetker of Sullivan to earn his second six-year term as trustee.  Kappelmann received 5,624 votes to 2,527 for Stroetker.

Ann Hartley defeated fellow Union resident Kathryn Hurlbert for the Sub-district Two seat formerly held by Catherine Scott of St. Clair. Hartley garnered 4,825 votes and Hurlbert received 3,161.  Hartley will serve the remaining two years of Scott’s unexpired term. Scott resigned from the board last August when she moved out of the college district.

Fink Johnson begins her fourth term on the East Central College board.  She was first elected in 1994.  She served as board president for four years beginning in 1998, secretary from 2004 to 2006, and board vice president from 1996 to 1998 and again for the past six years.

Fink Johnson and Hartley represent Sub-district Two which includes the school districts of Lonedell R-14, St. Clair R-13, and Union R-11, excluding the Lyon and Boone Township portion of Union R-II and that portion located in the Beaufort-Union precinct.

Kappelmann was elected to the board in 2006. He represents college Sub-district One which includes the school districts of Bourbon R-I, Sullivan C-2, Strain-Japan R-16, Spring Bluff R-15, Franklin County R-2, New Haven, and the portions of Lyon and Boone Townships as well as the Beaufort-Union precinct in the Union R-11 School District.  The portions of the Boeuf and Lyon Townships in the Washington School District are also included in sub-district one.

The board of trustees is the sole statutory legislative governing body responsible for the control and operation of East Central College. Neither state statutes nor district policy limits the number of terms a member may serve.

The ECC board consists of six trustees, two each from three sub-districts of the college district. Trustees are elected at large, but must be a resident of the sub-district he or she represents.

After the trio was sworn in, trustees re-elected Jim Perry to his fourth term as board president.  Prudence Fink Johnson will again serve as vice president.  Tom Dill was re-elected secretary, and Betz will continue as board treasurer.  Board officers are elected to two-year terms.  Hartley and Kappelmann will serve as directors.  Bonnie Gardner, executive assistant to the president, was re-appointed recording secretary.

          The results of the election as certified by the county clerks are as follows:

County Sub-District 1 Sub-District 1 Sub-District 1
  Don Kappelmann Joseph Stroetker Write-In
Crawford 164 140 3
Franklin 4912 2127 32
Gasconade 0 0 0
St. Charles 170 65 6
Warren 362 176 0
Washington 16 19 0
Totals 5624 2527 41
County Sub-District 2
Sub-District 2
Sub-District 2
  Ann Hartley Kathy Hurlbert Write-In
Crawford 160 133 3
Franklin 4256 2648 30
Gasconade 0 0 0
St. Charles 104 126 8
Warren 285 239 0
Washington 20 15 0
Totals 4825 3161 41