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STLCC Board of Trustees Appoints Bob Burns to Interim Position

December 15, 2011

Bob Burns  
Bob Burns

The St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees has appointed Bob Burns of Affton for an interim position as the Subdistrict 3 representative on the board. The vacancy occurred when incumbent Joann L. Ordinachev resigned Oct. 28 for personal reasons.

By statute, the remaining trustees selected Burns from a list of applicants by majority vote to fill the vacancy until the next election held by the Junior College District of St. Louis-St. Louis County, scheduled for April 2012. Burns is eligible to file as a candidate for the seat in that election. The winner will serve the remainder of the term, which expires in April 2013. At that time, an election will take place to fill the seat for a full six-year term.

“Bob Burns brings a wealth of personal civic involvement and previous board expertise to STLCC,” said Melissa Hattman, chair of the STLCC Board of Trustees. “This, coupled with his commitment to public education, his passion for student success, and his strong sense of fiduciary responsibility as a board member made him the outstanding candidate for this appointment. The Board of Trustees welcomes him to STLCC and looks forward to working with him over the next few months.”

Burns was elected to four three-year terms on the Affton School District Board of Education between 1984 and 1996; he served as board president twice. Burns also was elected to the City of St. George Board of Aldermen between 1982 and 1984. His public service resume also includes three years on the staff of U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt, and three years on the staff of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. He also was appointed chair of the Sixth County Council District Community Area Study with the St. Louis County Planning Commission.

“After serving on the Affton School Board for 12 years, I realize and appreciate even more how important education is to our students, our country, and our world,” Burns said. “As the fiduciary representatives of any community, board members are responsible for watching over the resources provided to educate our students, and to use those resources in the best way possible. I take that responsibility very seriously.”

Burns worked for 33 years in the brewery industry, retiring in December 2006 from Grey Eagle Distributors Inc. He also worked for three years each at Placke Chevrolet in St. Louis and Pepsi-Cola of St. Louis.

A graduate of Affton High School, Burns was inducted into the district’s Hall of Fame in 2010. He also is involved with church, youth sports and other community activities. Burns and his wife Dianne have been married for 45 years and have two grown sons. All three also are Affton graduates.

Subdistrict 3 now essentially includes the southern and southwest portions of St. Louis City and the Affton, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Bayless, Brentwood, Kirkwood and Webster Groves districts. The Kirkwood district recently was added as a result of the redistricting plan approved by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. One trustee represents Subdistrict 3.