Community College Trustees Elect New Officers
The six members of the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees selected Eleftheria “Libby” Fitzgerald of Chesterfield as board chair and Craig Larson, Ed.D., of Manchester as board vice chair at the June 28 regular meeting. Fitzgerald and Larson will serve one-year terms in the positions.
Fitzgerald, a retired associate professor in counseling at STLCC-Forest Park, previously has served as board vice chair. She was elected to the board to represent Subdistrict 4 in 2008. Subdistrict 4 includes the school districts of Parkway, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Rockwood, Valley Park, Meramec Valley and portions of Jefferson and Franklin counties.
Larson, retired superintendent of the Rockwood School District, was elected to the board in 2010 and also represents Subdistrict 4.
Hattie R. Jackson (Subdistrict 2) of St. Louis City was elected to serve as the trustees' representative on the STLCC Foundation Board of Directors. As STLCC board chair, Fitzgerald automatically becomes a member of the foundation board as well. Doris Graham (Subdistrict 1) of north St. Louis County was chosen to serve as an alternate on the foundation board.
Jackson’s subdistrict primarily includes most of St. Louis City while Graham’s covers all of north St. Louis County.
Other trustees are Melissa Hattman (Subdistrict 1), outgoing board chair who resides in University City, and Joan McGivney (Subdistrict 3) of Webster Groves, who was elected to the board this past April. Subdistrict 3 includes south St. Louis City and small portions of adjacent St. Louis County.
The STLCC Board of Trustees is a six-member board that represents the four subdistricts of the college service area. Subdistricts 1 and 4 are the two large subdistricts, each represented by two trustees. Subdistricts 2 and 3 are smaller, each represented by one trustee. Board members are elected periodically by district voters for staggered six-year terms. Trustees are responsible for determining college policy within the legal framework established by the statutes of the state of Missouri. They make all final decisions concerning employment, termination of services, expenditures of funds, contracts, establishment of new programs, student fees, tax levies and facilities construction. Monthly meetings are open to the public.
Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States. STLCC has four campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood – that annually serve nearly 90,000 students through credit courses, continuing education and workforce training programs. For more information about STLCC, visit www.stlcc.edu.