East Central College has named Shelli Allen as the vice president of student development.

East Central College has named Shelli Allen as the vice president of student development.
Allen replaces Ina “Cookie” Hays who is retiring after 41 years at the college. ECC Trustees approved a resolution of appreciation recognizing the service of Hays during her tenure at ECC. Hays will retire June 30.  
Allen’s appointment to the position was approved by college trustees at their June 16 board meeting.  Allen will begin working at ECC July 14.
Since 1996 Allen has held a number of positions with the Metropolitan Community College system in Kansas City, Missouri. For the past eight years Allen has served as dean of student development and enrollment management at Metropolitan Community College’s Maple Woods campus.
Prior to accepting that position she was at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley for almost 10 years, serving as associate dean of student services, director of student support services and academic adviser.
She began her career at Metropolitan Community College almost 18 years ago when she was hired as coordinator of student employment services at the Longview campus.
Allen also spent five years as an adjunct English instructor at Avila University in Kansas City.
Allen earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University. She obtained a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Iowa.
Allen is pursuing a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is currently writing her dissertation on peer influence on academic achievement and the effect that peer expectations have on students’ efforts toward academic success.
ECC President Jon Bauer said Allen is well regarded around Missouri. “She is known as a leader in student development, and I look forward to the leadership and expertise she will bring to East Central College.”
“Community colleges contribute to the intellectual, cultural and economic fabric of the communities we serve,” noted Allen. “We meet students where they are, and help them to find the way to where they are going. I realize the many burdens and commitments of community college students, and look forward to helpings students at ECC achieve academic success while maintaining balance between their education and other responsibilities.”
Allen is currently a member of the Missouri College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the National Council on Student Development.
She was on the board of directors for the Missouri Community College Association for two years and is currently a governing board member for Crossroads Academy Charter School.

Other personnel
Several other personnel matters were also approved at the June 16 meeting.
Ellen Aramburu, director of ECC’s Learning Center for the past eight years, will be the new full-time Spanish instructor.
Aramburu earned undergraduate degrees in Spanish and English from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. She earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Saint Louis University. She has also completed the coursework at the University of Missouri-Columbia toward her Ph.D. in Spanish literature.
In addition to serving as an adjunct instructor in Spanish at ECC since 2002, Aramburu has taught at University of Missouri-Columbia and Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.  She also spent a year teaching English in Spain.  
The appointment of Brady Griffith as coordinator of student activities was also approved.
The board accepted the resignations of two faculty members. Deborah Schultze, director of the health information management program, will be employed through June 30. Mathematics instructor Sarah Waring resigned effective with the end of the spring semester     May 17.
The appointment of several part-time instructors for the 2014 summer session was also approved.

Other business
Also at the June 16 meeting, ECC trustees authorized college officials to renew existing leases for four off-campus locations for the coming year, including the Rolla campus.
The agreement with the Rolla School District for 8,140 square feet of space at Rolla Technical Center will remain the same at $145,530.
There is also no increase in the cost for the facility on North Highway 63 in Rolla that ECC leases from Columbia College for $94,800. That 7,900-square-foot building was remodeled last fall to accommodate ECC’s nursing program and general classroom needs. It opened in January.