Retiring faculty members at East Central College can now be honored with emeritus status.

Retiring faculty members at East Central College can now be honored with emeritus status.

A new policy passed unanimously at the Feb. 4 meeting of the ECC board of trustees will go into effect this spring.

Upon retirement, following 15 consecutive years of full-time service to the college, a faculty member may apply for emeritus status. The faculty member may complete an application and submit required documents to ECC’s human resources office.

The college president will appoint a seven member committee comprised by five faculty members, one administrator and one member of the professional staff. That committee will meet in the spring to establish the criteria. They will recommend faculty for emeritus status to the president no later than the April board meeting.

Limitations in the number of retirees granted emeritus status will apply and be determined annually by the committee. Any applicant not advancing due to limitations will be automatically considered in the following year’s pool. An applicant not granted emeritus status may reapply in two years.

ECC faculty members with at least 15 consecutive years of service who have already retired can also apply for emeritus status following the same process and should contact human resources for details.  Emeritus status can also be awarded posthumously.

Jean McCann, vice president of instruction, noted that the new policy was developed and reviewed by a faculty committee and the faculty association at-large.

Among the benefits to faculty attaining emeritus status will be eligibility for tuition waivers for credit courses, identification in college publications and a plaque on campus, and the option to attend commencement in full academic regalia.


Also at their Feb. 4 meeting, Audrey Reed was hired as a nursing instructor at ECC-Rolla. Reed earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Central Methodist University.

Since 2011 she served as a clinical coordinator at Pulaski Medical Clinic at Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Prior to that she was director of the emergency services department at PCRMC. Reed has more than 10 years of experience as a staff nurse at various hospitals.

Effective with the start of the 2013 fall semester, Sarah Havens will teach biology and health science classes at ECC. Havens obtained her master’s degree in biology from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

She was a full-time temporary instructor in ECC’s biology department from 2010 through 2012 and is the current coordinator of the Health Career Transitions program at East Central.

Three administrators were reappointed for the 2014 fiscal year. They include Ina “Cookie” Hays, vice president of student development; Jean McCann, vice president of instruction; and Phil Pena, vice president of finance and administration.

College trustees also dealt with a number of other personnel matters.