St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees

Section 178.820.6 RSMo directs the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to appoint the seventh trustee of the St. Louis Community College District. Appointments will proceed as follows:


  • Application. Candidates for appointment or reappointment must submit a complete application to the Department of Higher Education by email (, fax (573-751-6635), or mail to P.O. Box 1469 Jefferson City, MO 65102. The Department must receive the complete application by no later than 30 calendar days prior to the CBHE meeting when the appointment is scheduled to be made (currently scheduled for February 4, 2016). For vacancies arising prior to the conclusion of a term, the application must be received by the deadline established by the Department, which will be no fewer than 10 calendar days from the date of vacancy.
    • A complete application must include a cover letter, a completed CBHE Trustee Appointment Application form, resume, references, and a written statement, no more than 300 words, explaining the candidate’s reason(s) for applying. The Department will not consider incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline.
    • The CBHE will consider complete applications for any vacancy in the CBHE-appointed District seat that may arise within one year of the application date.
  • Interview. The Department will invite one or more of the best qualified candidates to interview.
  • Background check. Prior to selection, finalist(s) must undergo a thorough background check.  Background checks may include, but are not limited to, information pertaining to criminal and civil matters; sanctions levied by professional organizations or the Missouri Ethics Commission; student loan default; and outstanding tax liability.
  • Board vote. At the CBHE’s last regularly scheduled meeting before the general municipal election day, the Department will present a candidate recommendation to the CBHE. The CBHE may vote to appoint the recommended candidate with the candidate’s term of office to commence on general municipal election day. If no appointment occurs, the Department will present another candidate recommendation at a specially called meeting prior to general municipal election day.
  • Notification. The Department will notify the successful candidate of his or her selection in writing. Upon receipt of written, signed acceptance of the position by the candidate, the Department will provide a copy of the appointment letter and the candidate’s signed acceptance to the Secretary of the District Board and the Chancellor of St. Louis Community College.
Selection Criteria
  • Minimum qualifications. A successful candidate must (a) be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment; (b) be a registered voter of the District for at least one year preceding the appointment; and (c) not be an employee of the District.
  • In addition to the minimum qualifications, the CBHE will consider the following attributes when selecting a candidate for appointment: 
    • Interest in and motivation for seeking appointment.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse constituents and colleagues.   
    • Demonstrated knowledge and creativity regarding higher education, particularly in the areas of public community college administration, education, governance and community engagement.
    • Possession of exceptional integrity, reliability, and listening and communication skills.
    • Strong commitment to the success of students served by the District.
    • Willingness and ability to actively participate in the work of the board, including trustee training, and to keep substantially apprised of the mission, programs, finances, and challenges of the college.
    • Ability to serve as a credible advocate of the college in the community, state and nation.
    • Proven background and experience consistent with the needs of the District’s Board of Trustees.
  • The term of office for all regular appointments will coincide with general municipal election day, as defined at § 115.121.3 RSMo, with the first such term commencing in April 2016. Terms shall expire on the first Tuesday in April, six years after appointment. If a vacancy occurs before the conclusion of a regular six-year term, the CBHE will appoint a new trustee to serve the remainder of the six-year term as soon as reasonably practicable, but no sooner than 10 calendar days from the date of vacancy.