East Central College recently announced Shelli Allen as the new vice president of student development.

Allen replaces Ina “Cookie” Hays who is retiring after 41 years at the college.

Allen’s appointment to the position was approved by college trustees at their June 16 board meeting. She 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, Mo.

For the past eight years Allen has served as dean of student development and enrollment management at MCC’s Maple Woods campus.

Prior to accepting that position she was at MCC-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 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; currently writing her dissertation on peer influence on academic achievement and the effect that peer expectations have on students’ efforts toward academic success.

College President Jon Bauer said that 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,” he said.

Allen said she looks forward to her new position.

“Community colleges contribute to the intellectual, cultural and economic fabric of the communities we serve,” Allen said.

“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,” she added.

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 board of trustees 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 UMC and Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.

She also spent a year teaching English in Spain.

Trustees also approved the appointment of Brady Griffith as coordinator of student activities.

Griffith earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Maryville University in St. Louis.

While attending Maryville he served as president of the Campus Activities Board, assistant coordinator for Saints Nation and Maryville Student Government president. He also worked part-time in Maryville’s admissions department.

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.

Trustees also approved a resolution of appreciation recognizing the service of Cookie Hays during her tenure at ECC.

Hays will retire June 30.