At its April 17 meeting, the Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees welcomed three new members and said farewell to three members who are stepping off the board.
The board certified the results of the April 3 trustees election. One incumbent trustee and the three newcomers were sworn in.
President Trent Skaggs (Subdistrict 1) was elected to his second six-year term. Henry Carner (Subdistrict 4) was also elected to a six-year term, replacing trustee Christopher Whiting, who did not seek re-election.
Cindy Adams (Subdistrict 2) and Ellen Martin (Subdistrict 5) will each serve the remaining two years of six-year terms.
Adams replaces McClain Bryant Macklin, who was appointed last year to serve until the 2018 election. Macklin joined the board after former trustee David Disney moved out of Subdistrict 2.
Martin replaces Phil LeVota, who was appointed last year to serve until the 2018 election. Martin’s late husband, Robert Martin, passed away April 3, 2017, after serving a record 41 years on the Board of Trustees.
Former state legislator, assistant Jackson County prosecutor and retired associate circuit court judge Vernon Scoville administered the oath of office to the three new trustees.
Carner served 40 years as an Independence firefighter, retiring as captain. He served two tours of Vietnam and in the Air Force reserves. At the meeting he said he looked forward to “faithfully serving” Subdistrict 4.
Adams, who earned her associate degree from MCC, is a former instructor at MCC-Business & Technology. “I’m passionate about this college,” she said.
Martin is a retired longtime MCC administrator and faculty member. “It’s so nice to be home,” she said.
Resolutions of commendation were presented to Whiting, LeVota and Macklin. “Chris and I came on the board six years ago,” Skaggs said, before reading Whiting’s resolution. “There’s been a lot of change in six years.”
LeVota said he has learned a lot about the College, and he thanked faculty and staff, “the heart and soul of this place.” He also praised Chancellor Kimberly Beatty, who was hired last spring. “She lives and breathes MCC, and I’m proud of what she does,” LeVota said.
Trustee Michael Brown thanked the departing board members. “I learned a lot from all of you,” he said.