Metropolitan Community College trustees Richard Charles Tolbert and Mariann Tow, who between them contributed 20 years of service to the College, were officially honored and applauded April 21.
At their final board meeting as trustees, Tolbert and Tow were presented with resolutions of commendation. Tolbert, first elected in 2004, served two six-year terms on the Board of Trustees. Tow, appointed in 2008 and elected in 2010, served eight years.
Tolbert represented Subdistrict 3; Tow, Subdistrict 6.
MCC Chancellor Mark James said at the meeting that Tolbert and Tow “served selflessly for the good of the district” and had “advanced the educational opportunities available to the students and employers in the communities we serve.”
Tolbert said he has been active in politics since the 1964 presidential election, but “these 12 years working for the community colleges have been the most satisfying work I’ve done.”
He noted that MCC serves “all adults” — not just new high school graduates but older adults as well.
“It’s been a joy to do this,” said Tolbert, who pledged to assist his successor in whatever way he could.
Tow said she’s lived a long life and worked with many organizations, but “none more satisfying than to be on the board at this community college.”
At MCC, she added, she has met “so many dedicated, intelligent, hardworking people serving the cause of education — keep up the good work.”
Tow served as vice president of the board from 2012 to this month.
The two were presented with framed copies of their commendation resolutions. Read them below.