East Central College trustees at their July 18 meeting approved the appointment of several new faculty and staff members.

East Central College trustees at their July 18 meeting approved the appointment of several new faculty and staff members.

Six full-time instructors were hired, several replacing long-time faculty members who retired this past spring.

Among the appointments is Missouri University of Science and Technology graduate Nathaniel Mitchell, who will be the new director of admissions at ECC.

For the past year Mitchell was coordinator of high school relations at ECC.

Prior to his employment with the college, he worked at Missouri S&T as an admissions counselor and international student adviser. Mitchell attended Missouri S&T, earning a bachelor’s degree in history from that institution.  

Other appointments include:

• Richard Hudanick, who will be the new business instructor;

• Shanee Haynes, who was hired as communications instructor on a temporary, limited term contract for the 2013-14 academic year;

• Former student Mike Palazzola, who returns to ECC this fall as instructor in the culinary arts department;

• Dr. Coreen Derifield, who will teach history and political science;

• Linda Follis, an adjunct instructor at ECC since 2008, will be the newest addition to the math department;

• Kean Barclay, who will become the head coach and fitness specialist Aug. 1; and

• Jeri Rieger, who was hired as the new program coordinator for community education.

Two professional staff positions in the information technology department have been filled.
Ann Lause returns to ECC as enterprise system administrator and Ehren Curnutte, who has been an instructional technology technician at ECC since last September, was promoted to systems and network manager.

College trustees also approved the appointment of two staff members to fill positions funded through the MoHealthWINs and MoManufacturingWINs grants.

William McKenzie is the new coordinator of the Transitions program.

The other grant-funded position is for a navigation coordinator. Cindy Brewer will take on those duties.  

"We welcome these new individuals to ECC, and we congratulate the existing employees who are moving to new positions with the college,” said Dr. Jon Bauer, college president. “I am glad to get them on board in time for the start of the new academic year and look forward to working with each of them.”

ECC trustees also approved the promotion in rank for four faculty members. Those achieving assistant professor status include Linda Barro - English, Russ Henderson - history, Eric Lawrence - mathematics and Dennis Pohlman - government/history/political science.

In addition, board members authorized an addendum to the list of adjunct faculty for the 2013 summer session and accepted the resignation of retention coordinator Eilene Acheson.

Security services

Security services at the main campus in Union and ECC’s two locations in Rolla will again be handled by Securitas, ECC trustees decided.

The total cost for the year will be $161,311 and will be funded through student support service fees.  Securitas was the lowest of the five bids received for unarmed security services.

Bauer said that ECC is pleased to continue the relationship with Securitas. “The company has been good to work with over the past several years," he said.