East Central College trustees approved several personnel matters at the May board meeting.

Trustees approved the re-employment of 44 full-time members of the professional staff for fiscal year 2013 as well as instructors for the upcoming summer session.

The employment of Daniel Johnson as a biology, anatomy and physiology instructor was approved.

He currently is a part-time instructor at Lonestar College in Cypress, Texas, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Johnson earned a Ph.D. in animal sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

The promotion of Brittany Watz to grants specialist was also approved at the meeting.

Watz has been employed at ECC since August 2010 as executive administrative assistant to the vice president of career and outreach education.

Watz earned a bachelor’s degree from Fontbonne University and is currently pursing a master’s degree in nonprofit management at Washington University.

The position is funded through three grant programs: Graduate St. Louis, MoHealthWINs and Perkins.

Trustees also were updated on the status of the search for a new vice president of finance and administration.

Dr. Jon Bauer will vacate that office July 1 when he becomes ECC’s sixth president.

“Several interviews have been conducted, but the position will be posted until it is filled,” said Bauer. “I hope to bring a recommendation to the board at the June 18 meeting.”

The resignation of Debby Breeden, program coordinator for customized training, was approved effective June 8, 2012.