Two Union residents will vie for an open seat on the East Central College Board of Trustees in Subdistrict 2.

David Hood will challenge incumbent Ann Hartley, who is completing a two-year unexpired term she was elected to in 2012.

Subdistrict 2 includes the school districts of Lonedell R-14, St. Clair R-13, and Union R-11 excluding the Lyon and Boone township portion of Union R-11 and that portion located in the Beaufort-Union precinct.

The ECC board consists of six trustees, two each from three subdistricts of the college district. Trustees are elected at large, but a candidate must be a resident of the subdistrict he or she represents.

The board of trustees is responsible for the control and operation of East Central College.

Regular monthly meetings of the ECC board are held on the first Monday of the month.

Candidate profiles are below.

Ann Hartley

Hartley, 72, Union, has been active at East Central College for more than 30 years.

She has served on the college’s Foundation board since 2008 and has been a member of the Patrons of the Arts program since its inception.

She also served on the college’s 40th anniversary committee.

“I just feel like this college provides such a wonderful opportunity for the residents of this area. It’s affordable and is excellent quality,” Hartley said. “The faculty have Ph.Ds. They have experience. They have the interest and dedication. It’s a gem.”

Hartley plays flute and piccolo in the college/community band and at one time gave solo concerts at the college. She also participates in the Franklin Woodwind Quintet and the St. Louis Wind Symphony.

Since Hartley moved to Union in 1972, she has played in the orchestra of many of the college’s plays.

“The college has become a cultural center for the district through its patrons of the arts programs, its concerts, music and art gallery,” Hartley said. “There are a lot of people in the area who are exposed to those sorts of cultural events who might not have even thought about it until it became so available.”

Hartley said her goals for the college are to continue to enable access to those who want to attend college by keeping the fees affordable, as well as “doing everything we can to help the students graduate or transition.”

In the next several years, Hartley said finances will continue to be a struggle.

“But I think that the college president, administration and the board of trustees have been extremely responsible in the ways in which they have dealt with the challenging financial issues,” she said. Hartley added that the board has not raised tuition except when it was absolutely necessary, and even then, only by a few dollars.

“We are still one of the most affordable colleges in the state,” she said.

Hartley said her experience on the board, as well as her interest in the welfare and success of ECC, are her best attributes.

“I don’t think there is any single person in this whole district more dedicated to the benefits of East Central College than I am,” she said. “All I want is for ECC to be the best college it can be.”

Hartley said her only agenda is what is best for the college and students.

Hartley recently was elected chair-elect of the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) trustee division.

She will continue to serve in the association until her term. The association focuses on legislation that would benefit community colleges. It looks at funding, performance standards and other aspects of community college.

She attends every MCCA meeting and participates in conference calls with the group.

Hartley previously served as vice president of operations at St. John’s Mercy Hospital, now Mercy Hospital Washington.

Prior to that, she served as assistant administrator and laboratory manager at the hospital.

She also worked at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was chief medical technologist and an instructor in medical technology. Hartley received her bachelor’s degree in medical sciences and a master’s degree in pathology, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In the past, she has volunteered to write grants for ECC.

She served two terms on the Union R-XI Board of Education and served as president for five years.

Hartley is active in the Union Kiwanis and is the music coordinator, chair of the worship team and sings in the choir at Zion United Church of Christ. She also serves on various committees at her church.

Previously, she served on the Franklin County Economic Development Council.

If elected, Hartley said she will remain on the Foundation board.

She and her husband, Daryl, have two adult daughters and five grandchildren.

David Hood

Hood, 53, Union, spent five years teaching business at East Central College. Now, Hood hopes to help guide the institution through the board.

He currently is employed as a student mentor at Western Governors University, an online college, where he is responsible for working with graduate students in the MBA program. He works with students across the country to talk with them on assignments, goals and ways to succeed.

“The student mentor wears many hats,” he said, adding that his role would be beneficial if he were elected.

Educationally, Hood has a master’s degree in business administration from Lindenwood University and 18 hours toward a Ph.D. in public administration. He is a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Hood said his faculty experience, the fact that he is a parent of five children and that he is a continuing education student all would make him a good candidate for the board.

Two of his and his wife Kathleen’s five children currently attend ECC part time.

Hood said he has been interested in the board for several years.

“I saw some opportunities when I was there as a faculty member,” Hood said. “Since I’m studying public policy and public administration I thought this would be a good volunteer experience and a way to give back to the community.”

Hood explained that looking at the college from the inside, as an instructor, he was able to see things others may not.

“You can see where there are possibilities or room for process improvement within the organization,” he said. “As a board member you help guide some of that process improvement at an extremely high level.”

If elected, Hood said he looks forward to evaluating effectiveness of the institution and evaluating if the board’s policies are efficient and effective.

“I think ECC is a good institution for this community,” he said, adding that he would like to evaluate how to make it a better institution in terms of national and local initiatives of more college graduates.

Hood said he especially looks forward to the public policy experience as it relates to his continuing education.

Hood grew up in Union, attending Union schools from fourth through 11th grade. His senior year, Hood’s family moved to Mount Vernon.

His father was a guidance counselor at East Central College in the 1970s.

Like Hartley, Hood said finances will be the college’s biggest challenge in the coming years.

“Managing with restricted resources in terms of state funding and watching enrollment decrease a little bit (will be the biggest challenge),” he said.

Hood is involved with Partners in Policy with the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council, which is an advocacy group for special needs students.

The national program meets in central Missouri eight weekends throughout the year.

In the past, Hood has been involved with the Department of Conservation and hunter’s education program. Hood served as the chief instructor in Washington at the Four Rivers Career Center.

He is a member of the college’s Foundation board and has attended the past several board meetings at the college.